AC EMU trains to be manufactured for Mumbai from 2019

The first AC rake of suburban train is slated to start operations from Jan 1, 2018 in Mumbai

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Vishwas Dass | December 20, 2017 | New Delhi


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 Indian Railways has decided to stop manufacturing non-air conditioned suburban electric multiple unit (EMU) trains from 2019 to give a comfortable ride experience to commuters in Mumbai. 

Railway board member (rolling stock) Ravindra Gupta on Wednesday said that the full fledged production of new air conditioned EMU rakes will start from 2019-2020 fiscal for Mumbai’s suburban system. 
 
He, however, made it clear that the old fleet of non-AC EMU will continue to be operated for the passengers in Mumbai. 
 
Mumbai is all set to get its first ever AC EMU train on January 1, 2018 for which all preparations have been done. It will be operated by the western railway which has the Mumbai suburban system, having 37 stations. Western line carries around 35 lakh passengers per day. 
 
“For passengers’ safety point of views, AC EMU trains are equipped with automated doors similar to the coaches of various metro networks. The fare will definitely be higher than the non AC suburban trains which would be decided by the authorities concerned,” Gupta said. 
 
He said the railways has taken a policy decision to equip EMU trains with AC facility and automated door mechanism in a phased manner in Mumbai, Kolkata and Secunderabad and Chennai. 
 
Sources said the fare of AC EMU train is likely to be around 1.5 times of the existing fare of the suburban trains. 
 
Ever since Piyush Goyal took the charge of railways minister, he has laid emphasis on running AC EMU trains to fulfill the demand of Mumbai residents. 
 
Mumbai suburban railway is spread over 465 km and around 2,342 train services are operated by the railways daily in Mumbai region. The suburban rail network carries over 7.5 million commuters daily. By annual ridership, the Mumbai suburban is one of the busiest commuter rail systems in the world.
 
 

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