After representations from non-air-conditioned local train commuters, the central railway decided to withdraw 10 air-conditioned local services from August 25th. These services were introduced by Central Railway on August 19th in place of non-air-conditioned services.
"Important, passengers to please note , 10 more AC services were introduced from 19th August. In view of various representations from passengers these 10 services are temporarily suspended from 25 August. These ten services will run now as non AC services with existing shedule. The date of introduction of AC service will be informed after review," tweeted Central Railway on Wednesday evening.
A senior officer of CR said : "Other 56 AC services prior to 19 August.2022 will remain in operation as per it's schedule."
Earlier on Friday, hundreds of commuters squatted on a crashed line near the Kalwa station, blocking the path of an empty AC local train for 20 minutes to demand the resumption of a non-AC service in the morning peak hours.
Later, former minister and MLA from Kalwa-Mumbra Jitendra Awhad also raised the issue and appealed to the Central Railway to review its decision to replace non-air-conditioned local trains with the AC ones on the main line between Mumbai and Thane. Awhad had also warned of bigger agitation.
Apart from that, on August 24, several commuters also handed over a written memorandum to the CR authorities demanding a review of the decision. Non-AC local commuters applauded the decision, saying the railway should reconsider introducing AC locals at the expense of non-air-conditioned local commuters in the future. Sourecse said a few non-AC services which were replaced by AC services from the 19th were run as non-AC services on Wednesday evening too.
Replying to the CR's tweet, Dheeraj Singh tweeted, "It's a good decision. Similarly, Ankit Dekate tweeted, "Thank you Central Railway for the decision."
Sources said that MP Shrikant Shinde had also appealled to the Central Railway for reviewing the decision. "After discussing with MP Shrikant Shinde, the decision was taken in the interest of public," said an officer of CR.
The Central Railway (CR) added 10 AC locals, replacing the non-AC locals on the main line on August 19. After that, commuters started protesting. unhappy with the decision.
In the morning rush hour, many commuters board the non-AC local trains at the car shed in Kalwa, but after the replacement of 10 non-AC services with AC services, they were not getting the chance because air-conditioned local trains are equipped with automatic door closer systems.