odd suburban companies, the Central Railway mentioned. That is the primary time that the Central Railway (CR) is introducing AC locals on its most important line, the place companies are operated from the CSMT to Kasara and Khopoli.
The CR was working AC native prepare companies on its Thane-Vashi/Panvel trans-harbour line earlier than the coronavirus-enforced lockdown got here into drive in March this yr.
At present, solely employees of the important and emergency companies and people authorised by the federal government are allowed to journey in native trains, thought-about, because the lifeline of Mumbai, which resumed operations in June.
Out of the 10 AC native companies, two might be operated between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (in Mumbai) and Kalyan (in neighbouring Thane), 4 between CSMT and Dombivli (Thane) and 4 between CSMT and Kurla, the CR mentioned in a launch on Wednesday.
The primary AC native service on the principle line will begin from Kurla for CSMT at 5.42 am, whereas the final AC native will depart from CSMT for Kurla at 11.
25 pm, it mentioned. “These prepare companies will run with air-conditioned rakes from Monday to Saturday and can halt in any respect stations.
Passengers as permitted by the Ministry of Railways and Maharashtra authorities are solely allowed to journey,” CR’s chief public relations officer Shivaji Sutar mentioned.
He advised PTI that the Central Railway has 4 AC native rakes in its fleet. The CR used to function 16 AC native companies on the Thane-Vashi/Panvel trans-harbour line earlier than the lockdown, he mentioned.
Earlier than the lockdown, the CR used to function 1,774 suburban companies on its most important line, harbour line (CSMT to Panvel), trans-harbour line (Thane-Vashi/Panvel) and fourth hall between Belapur and Kharkopar, earlier than the lockdown. Of those, 858 companies have been on the principle line, in line with the CR.