Mumbai’s first AC local train gets safety commissioner’s nod to run on western line
WR authorities received the final safety nod from Lucknow-based chief commissioner railway safety to commission the train on Churchgate-Dahanu sectionmumbai Updated: Dec 20, 2017 10:36 IST
The first air-conditioned local train in Mumbai can now be introduced on the Western Railway.
The WR authorities received the final safety nod from Lucknow-based chief commissioner railway safety (CCRS) to commission this train on the Churchgate-Dahanu section.
The CCRS approval states the AC train could run at a maximum speed of 100kmph, although it has the potential capacity of up to 110kmph.
The railway authorities plan to introduce the first AC local from December 25 or January 1, 2018.
The blue and silver train that arrived in the city in April last year went through various static and dynamic safety trials since November 2016. The first set of the trials was conducted by Central railway (CR), while the remaining by the WR.
The CCRS, however, directed the railway authorities to ensure several things to avoid safety issue. He has advised to make emergency equipment available inside every coach and outside with the train crew, besides a provision of emergency ladder at every door. The commissioner has asked the authorities to make a provision of CCTV in every coach of the AC train within two years, besides installing fire alarms and smoke detection system. The train has to be removed from service if two doors on each side become defective.
A senior official said the CCRS has also asked railways to depute at least one technician in every coach of the AC train for the first 15 days.
The authorities have proposed a fare structure between Rs10 and Rs85 and they have sent the proposal to the railway board for approval. Railway sources said they plan to allow first-class pass holders to travel on board AC train.
The authorities have planned about eight to ten services a day of the AC local between Churchgate and Virar stations. In between, it will halt at Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri, Goregaon, Borivli, Bhayander and Vasai Road railway stations.