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AC local fare may be on par with first class

Mumbai: The fare of the first air-conditioned (AC) local train, which will be launched in a few days, will most probably be on a par with the first class fare in the initial stage.

The Railway Board sanctioned the AC local on Tuesday, along with an approval from the Commissioner of Railway Safety, Lucknow.

The Western Railway (WR) will initially operate the local between Churchgate and Virar during non-peak hours. The train will have two-three technical personnel. “We don’t deny that glitches might not occur, but commuters should treat this as an experiment,” said Mukul Jain, Divisional Regional Manager, WR.

The WR has only one AC rake, which has been retrofitted by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. Mr. Jain said that issues would drastically reduce once the nine rakes were procured from the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai. The rakes are expected to arrive in around seven months.

The AC local will have halts at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Borivali, Bhayander and Vasai. Officials said a halt at Goregaon is under consideration.

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