Summer is almost here but the promised air conditioned local trains have not arrived on the platform,
While railway officials say the locals will be soon be running on Mumbai tracks on both Central and Western railway lines, the trials of the trains have been postponed time and again due to technical issues. It will take some more time for the trial run on the Western and Central line. Only after the successful trial run, will the trains run on a daily basis.
Railway sources said Mumbai railway officials are under pressure to deliver on the AC train as it is one of Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu’s pet projects, and that he keeps inquiring about the progress of the project. Though the AC rake arrived in Mumbai in March 2016, trials are yet to begin for nearly a year. Each rake costs Rs. 54 crore and can carry 1,200 commuters.