Mumbai To Get 27 New AC Locals From Today; To Replace Existing Non-AC Trains

by Tooba Shaikh
Mumbai To Get 27 New AC Locals From Today; To Replace Existing Non-AC Trains

Your commute in the local trains in Mumbai is all set to get more comfortable. Indian Railways is adding a total of 27 new air-conditioned local trains. These 27 new AC locals will replace the existing non-AC trains. 10 of these AC trains will be allotted to the Central Railway zone and the other 17 will be allocated to the Western Railway zone. Here are all the details that you need to know.

27 New AC Locals Start Plying From Today

From today, 27 new AC trains will start plying from today. 17 will be allocated to Western Railway and 10 will given to Central Railway. Towards Churchgate, three slow train services and nine fast train services will be converted to AC. Two of these trains end at Borivali and are both slow. Of these two, one begins at Virar and the other at Bhayandar.

The other six are all fast trains and all end at Churchgate. Nine of the down train services will also be converted to AC trains. Three of the trains are slow and the other six are fast. After the addition of these 17 new AC trains, the Western Railway zone now operates a total of 96 AC trains. Including these, the Western Railway zone now operates a total of 1,394 services.

The Central Railway zone operates a total of 1,810 suburban train services. Out of the ten new AC train services, one will be in the morning during peak hours and the other will be during the evening peak hours. What is more, these AC locals will not ply on Sundays or on certain nominated holidays. It will ply between Monday and Saturday.

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To Replace Non-AC Trains

These new AC trains are replacing the old non-AC trains. However, this move has not been met with positivity. Many people are concerned about the timings and delays. Train services in Central Railways regularly get delayed. This increases crowding during peak hours. Furthermore, a larger number of people travel in non-AC as compared to AC trains.

This is because the ticket is cheaper for non-AC trains. This means that now that there lesser number of non-AC trains before, a delay in the schedule will lead to even more crowding. The move has therefore been deemed unwise by many who travel on the trains regularly.

Instead, they suggest that new AC rakes should have been added in addition to, rather than as a replacement of, non-AC locals.

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Do you think replacing the non-AC trains with AC trains will be a good idea? Do you travel via AC locals daily? Let us know in the comments section below!

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