Yesterday, 13th November 2007, the first of the 157 rakes to be procured under MUTP scheme with funding from World bank was inaugurated. The train was flagged off from Churchgate station by Shri K. C. Jena, Chairman of Railway board.
In reality, the rake manufactured second has entered service. Here are some excerpts from a related news article:
The first new-age local train funded by the World Bank has finally been inducted into the Western Railway (WR) network, setting the stage for a gradual increase in frequency of services.
The first of the 157 rakes being manufactured under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-1) was flagged off on Monday by Railway Board chairman K C Jena. The event marks a huge technological shift in transport given the superior features of these new coaches, which will enhance commuter comfort.
With the new train added to the fleet, WR in one stroke has added 21 new up and down services every day. With this, WR’s daily services on the suburban route has gone up from 1,067 to 1,088 per day. Interestingly, none of the 21 new services will start from Churchgate. They will all originate from Dadar, Andheri and Borivali for Vasai, Bhayendar and Virar to cater to the rising population in the far-off suburbs (see box).
Two more of the new generation trains — which means 40 additional services — will be added to the WR fleet within a month. The Central Railway (CR), despite being the larger network, will get its first new local only after three months.
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