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CR to run AC trains between CST,Kalyan

Over a decade after the idea to introduce air-conditioned suburban trains was mooted,Mumbai commuters could finally get to travel without having to sweat it out during rush hours.

Over a decade after the idea to introduce air-conditioned (AC) suburban trains was mooted,Mumbai commuters could finally get to travel without having to sweat it out during rush hours.

The Railway Board and the Central Railway (CR) authorities are taking steps to realise the long-pending demand for AC coaches. The CR has decided to run fully air-conditioned trains between CST and Kalyan.

The Board has asked CR officials to make the layout of the 12-car train (three phase technology) and send it to Integral Coach Factory (ICF),Chennai,for manufacturing it.

On the other hand,Western Railway (WR) has not yet decided to run AC trains but sources said efforts were being taken in this regard. WR officials said while a final decision on AC trains was yet to be taken,compared to CR,running AC trains will be relatively easier for WR owing to its complete conversion to AC and infrastructure required to run such trains.

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Last month,the Railway Board had written to the ICF authorities to manufacture 12 car air-conditioned rakes and directed that the same be allotted to CR.

First published on: 11-02-2012 at 01:53:01 am
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