Mumbai AC local train news:As the railway planned to convert all the local train of Mumbai Suburban train network to air-conditioned (AC) trains.
This decision was taken by the Central and Western Railway Board on 13 October 2021, after consulting with (MRVC) Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation.
Also the Railway said that the fares are also likely to be reduce on the based of fares structure.
The Managing Director and Chairman of MRVC, Ravi Agarwal said- “We will be procuring all fully AC local trains for the Mumbai suburban railway network under the Mumbai Urban Transport Projects (MUTP).”
To get more and more commuters to use air-conditioned (AC) local trains, the railways is conducting a three-month experiment wherein anyone with a valid ticket – first or second class – can board an AC local to experience its cool comfort.
As per the MRVC will be buying 283 new AC local trains in the coming days. At present, Mumbai has nine AC trains running on a suburban network. However, the fare is higher even than the first-class coaches. The first suburban AC local train was operated on the Western Railway on December 25, 2017. The train service is operational between Churchgate and Virar railway stations.
Currently, there are totall nine AC local train running on a suburban network.
“The fare structure of the suburban AC local trains will be based on metro fare structure by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority(MMRDA) or the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). The MRVC had suggested the fare structure of AC local trains on par with metro fares in Mumbai and Delhi,” said the official.
The Central and Western Railway has recently undertaken a passenger survey on the AC local trains and had submitted the response from commuters to the railway ministry. Passengers had asked for a reduction in the fares of the AC local train.
Passengers can pay the fare difference with the checking staff inside. A senior Western Railway (WR) official said they are in talks with the Railway Board to seek a go-ahead. Both Western and Central Railway (CR) have 11 AC locals in total.
"The Western Railway (WR) ask for the permission from the chairman and CEO of Railway Board, Suneet Sharma to carry out such an experiment," Said to Official.
Sharma told the Free Press, on Monday 08 November 2021 conforming the development that they are working out the ways to increase the AC locals, but for that the fares are the important factor.
Sharma said, “I have taken details from general managers of both CR and WR. We are looking at the option fare correction in AC locals if needed. As for allowing passengers, irrespective of which tickets or season passes they have, we will work out logistics in consultation together.”
As of now the cabs, cars and metro trains are all AC "Gradually trains too will have to be AC. We need to increase patronage over a period of time,” Sharma said.
Now currently the demand for the AC local train bare is less than one Percent total passengers buying season passes until last month.
At present, Mumbai local trains are relatively new and have a shelf life of at least 25 years. So, technically, they will continue to run till 2040, after which they will be replaced with newer rakes. The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation is procuring 238 AC locals under the MUTP-3 and 3A, for which global tenders will be called.
See the tweet here, of experiencing the first AC local train
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