The new AC services will replace the ordinary suburban services on an 'experimental basis'.
The Central Railway has decided to introduce 10 new AC local train services on the main, central line, between Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Terminus (CSMT) to Kalyan, replacing the already existing locals, starting today. The Central Railway's mainline operates from the CMST in South Mumbai to Kasara, Thane District and Khoplo, Raigad District. This is the first time, since the addition of the AC rakes in the local fleet, that air-conditioned services will ply between CSMT and Kalyan.
Central Railway local fleet gets a 'cool' upgrade
Commuters on the Central Line in Mumbai can now avail AC services, starting today. With effect from today, about 10 services on the mainline in the central suburban network have been introduced for the benefit of the travellers. As per the statement of a central railway employee, these services will replace the existing local trains, scheduled at the same hour. The step has been undertaken on an 'experimental basis, notified the authorities, who are anticipating a positive response. Services will witness an upgrade in numbers if there is a good response is received from the passengers.
According to the schedule, 4 out of the 10 new services, will be operated between Kurla and CSMT, another 4 between Dombivali and CMST, and the remaining 2 will run between Kalyan and CSMT. The Central Railways have also announced that trains will initiate operations from Monday to Saturday, and will halt at all stations, following the slow line corridor.
Know the Schedule
As per the schedule, the first AC local train of the mainline took off at 5:42 AM, today from Kurla for CSMT, while the last one has been slated to start at 11:25 from CMST for Kurla. Similar to these, 8 other services will be carried out by 4 AC rakes of the Central Railway local fleet.
Before the lockdown, the CR was operating 16 AC local train services on its Thane-Vashi/Panvel trans-harbour line.
The Railway Authorities have specified that only the passengers permitted by the Ministry of Railways and Maharashtra state government will be to avail these services. They have also requested the people boarding these trains to practice all norms of safe travel with caution. Mumbai Locals, colloquially known as the lifeline of Mumbai, witnesses a complete shut down in March this year with the enforcement of the COVID-19 lockdown. These services resumed, partially, for essential workers and government officers from June. According to the Maharashtra Relief and Rehabilitation Minister, the suburban trains services will open for the general public, from January 2021, in all likeliness.