Central Railway is introducing 10 air-conditioned local train services between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Kalyan, starting today. The services will run on six days a week, barring Sunday. Currently, only passengers permitted by the Railway Ministry and state government will be allowed to travel.
The first AC local will run at 5.42 am from Kurla and reach CSMT station at 6.12 am. The last local from CSMT is scheduled at 11.25 pm and will reach Kurla at 11.53 pm. Out of the 10 services, one will run in the morning rush hour and two in the evening rush hours.
In the morning, one AC local service will leave from Dombivali at 7.47 am and reached CSMT at 9.08 am. In the evening, an AC local will depart from CSMT at 5.12 pm and reach Kalyan at 6.42 pm. Another AC local will depart from CSMT at 8.22 pm and reach Dombivali at 9.40 pm. The AC rakes will halt at all stations. The passengers have been advised to adhere to all guidelines and norms laid out in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, the decision has not gone down well with all passengers.
Some passenger associations demanded that regular passengers be allowed to board the AC local.