Mumbaikars will finally get some reprieve from the heat this summer, when the city’s first air-conditioned local train gets the all clear this month.
The first air-conditioned local train has been flagged off from Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) of the Indian Railways on Friday last week, with the train expected to reach Mumbai on Monday evening.
The train was supposed to reach Mumbai a few days ago, but sources said the delay was owing to last-minute fixing of software-related works.
The swanky train, however, is unlikely to get inducted in service immediately, as it will have to go through various safety trials, which may take at least three to four months, said railway sources.
Ashok Agarwal, the general manager of ICF, had said the train will start for Mumbai on Friday night.
“Whatever software-related works are left will now be done in Mumbai when it reaches the island city,” said Agarwal, when asked about the pending works.
The software-upgrade work and the related trials of the train are still incomplete and it will require at least 10-15 days to finish them.
However, under pressure from the ministry of railways, the ICF sent it without completing the works since it wants to flag off its trials on April 16, the day on which the first train was operated in India.
The train’s air-conditioning – powered by two 15-tonne roof-mounted packaging units in each coach and the entire rake would have 24 such units – shall also be inspected.
Also, functioning of doors, software updates from the motorman cab, quality of seats and other technical details would be checked while the train stands still in Kurla.
Earlier, there was a plan to operate it on the Western line, but recently railway minister Suresh Prabhu diverted it to the Central Railway (CR).
The CR has planned to operate it first on the Harbour line, but will conduct trials on the Trans-Harbour corridor.
(With agencies input)