India's First Air-Conditioned Suburban Train Begins in Mumbai, Passengers Excited

India's First Air-Conditioned Suburban Train Begins in Mumbai, Passengers Excited

India's First Air-Conditioned Suburban Train Begins in Mumbai, Passengers Excited

The fully air-conditioned 12 coach train ran its maiden journey at 10:32 am, and was flagged off by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Kirit Somaiya, Gopal Shetty, Maharashtra minister Vinod Tawde, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar and WR General Manager Anil Kumar Gupta at Borivali station. Western Railway (WR) officials said fast train services were delayed briefly as the AC local stopped for additional time at a few stations.

The AC trains will replace 12 existing non-air conditioned services - six services in up and six in down direction.

"These are teething troubles likely to be witnessed in the initial days". The WR officials said that on the first day 579 commuters bought 446 tickets and earned ₹62,746.

The train witnessed a thinner crowd on Monday, a public holiday. The earnings on Tuesday witnessed a 50 per cent increase at Rs 98,940 with 354 single journey tickets and 2,091weekly and monthly passes being sold.

The coaches will carry approximately 6,000 commuters per rake. There were tobacco stains too.

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On May 5, 1992, the WR introduced the world's first Ladies Special trains which have now become a regular feature and a trendsetter for similar services in India and some other countries.

Senior RPF officials confirmed that an RPF official will be posted inside each coach of the AC local train. Finally, railway officials started announcing about the fares and asked the commuters to buy the ticket and travel.

According to railway officials, these trains will have Railway Protection Force personnel and technicians on board for the first 15 days to iron out any glitches.

Commuters have also complained about the higher fares for traveling in the AC local.

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