Mumbai: Lukewarm response to Central Railway's first AC train

Updated: Feb 10, 2020, 07:41 IST | Rajendra B Aklekar | Mumbai

Meanwhile, CR's second AC local has already arrived and will be used as a spare train for this one, with the third one, too, now leaving the Chennai factory

The air-conditioned local train will function on electrically operated Automatic Door closure system
The air-conditioned local train will function on electrically operated Automatic Door closure system

The response to the air-conditioned train on Central Railway (CR) is yet to improve, with just about 1,400 passengers booking tickets daily in the last few days.

Meanwhile, CR's second AC local has already arrived and will be used as a spare train for this one, with the third one, too, now leaving the Chennai factory.

The first CR AC train was flagged off on January 30 and its first commercial run was on January 31.

As per statistics available, about 274, 238 and 247 tickets were sold on February 4, 5 and 6 respectively.

This saw about 1,402, 1,496 and 1,088 passengers onboard the train on these days with the railways earning R62,982, R56,715 and R48,104.

While the train is capable of ferrying about 5,000 passengers in a single trip, it has been ferrying about 1,400 in all its 16 trips.

The AC local has been running on the Thane-Vashi-Panvel Trans-Harbour line with 16 services daily.

There are plans to get six AC local trains by March 2020 that will be introduced on the mainline between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Kalyan and on the harbour railway between CSMT and Panvel railway stations.

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