The city got its first fully air-conditioned double-decker train on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. The train which will cover the distance between the two cities within seven hours and 20 minutes, departed from Mumbai on its inaugural run on Thursday afternoon.
From platform number four of the Mumbai Central station on Western Railway (WR), the yellow-red coloured double-decker train started chugging towards Ahmedabad at 2.20 pm. There was tight security on the platform as many people had come to see the train.
WR had planned to inaugurate it on August 15, but technical reasons delayed it. Finally, Bharat Singh Solanki, state railway minister, flagged off the train at Ahmedabad railway station on Wednesday morning.
“It’s really beautiful,” said Jasbir Singh, a taxi driver, who came to see the train.
“I really like the exteriors and the interior of it. Even interior arrangement and facilities are nice. The plus point is that it has green toilets,” said Jayeshbhai Gale, resident of Kalbadevi.
However, some passengers were unhappy with the train seats. “The seats are not as comfortable as the ones on Shatabdi or Karnawati Express. It won't get too many passengers who are ready to pay more for comfort,” said Arvind Biyani, a passenger on the train.