This Christmas, Mumbaikars got a gift from the Railways in the form of AC locals. The AC local will initially run on an experimental basis for a week only in the Churchgate-Borivili section and from January 1, it will ply from Churchgate to Virar, having 12 services per day. The commuters were excited at the launch of the AC local which is expected to bring them respite during the scorching summer, capturing the historic moments many were seen clicking selfies as the train reached the Churchgate station.
According to WR Chief Public Relations Officer Ravinder Bhakar, the last successful technical run of the train, running on broad gauge, was conducted on Sunday.
The WR has also announced an introductory fare to lure commuters to the new, "cool" style of commuting, with the fare to be 1.2 times the cost of a first-class one-way regular ticket, and later the fare will be 1.3 times. The minimum fare will be Rs 60 and the maximum Rs 220. "Respective surcharge of MUTP and GST would be levied on total AC fare", a senior railway official told The Indian Express.
The Churchgate-Borivali weekly, fortnightly, and monthly passes will cost Rs. 855, Rs. 1,245, and Rs. 1,640 respectively.
The base fare of the single journey of AC local shall be 1.3 times of the base fare of existing fare of single journey first class ticket. "Remaining personnel will be posted at each railway stations to ensure that commuters board the train without any hurdle", said an RPF official.
In its maiden journey, the AC coaches will ferry passengers from Churchgate to Borivali for the first week, and from Churchgate to Virar from the next.
Safety measures: Each coach is provided with a passenger alarm indication lights on both sides, which are integrated with alarm chain pulling system.