Mumbai: There is double good news for train travellers. First that commuters will soon get to travel on the much-awaited air-conditioned local trains. Second that passengers travelling in first class and pass holders can travel in tair-conditioned trains at the same cost.
The Western Railway has designed the fare structure in such a way that first class ticket travellers don’t have to pay more for the air-conditioned (AC) local train. In order to finalise this, the commercial department has conducted a survey to calculate the number of passengers travelling in first-class compartments on the Western line.
The survey was conducted by the commercial department of the Western Railways last week. There are at least 35 lakh passengers travelling daily on the Western line, out of which at least 10 lakh passengers travel daily in the first-class compartments on the Western line.
“The survey was initiated in order to find out the number of stations from where the passengers board the first-class compartments on this line. We found that there are more first-class passengers travelling from stations like Nallasopara, Kandivali, Virar and Churchgate stations,” said a senior western railway official.
The officials also said that first-class passengers travelling between Churchgate and Bandra section have reduced and the number of passengers have increased between Borivali to Virar section.
The current fare system for the first class ticket of the western line is approximately Rs1,170 from Churchgate to Virar section for monthly first- class pass. The single ticket charges for the same route is Rs 165. The decision about the fare system for the AC local train is yet to be finalised. “We have submitted the survey figures to the operating department. They will analyse the figures and prepare the timetable. The final decision is yet to be taken by the railway board,” said the official. At least six to seven services of the AC local train would be operated on a daily basis on the Western line. These services would run on the fast line track.