Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi on Thursday flagged off the first air-conditioned local on the suburban network of Central Railway from the control room of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.
The local pilots, accompanied by women, left for Thane from Panvel station at 3.48 pm, along with other dignitaries with the minister.
A Central Railway official said that AC Local will start regular operations on the Trans-Harbor line from February 3 and 16 services will run between Thane-Nerul, Thane-Panvel and Thane-Vashi stations.
The official said that among its many features, AC Local has a GPS-based information system for passengers with intercom facility, each coach has a two-sided display and two double-sided displays.
The train features ergonomically designed stainless steel passenger seats, which offer a panoramic view to the outside, in addition to wider and larger double-glass seal windows.
For the safety of passengers, the train has an automatic door closing system, an alarm system for emergencies and a talk-back facility for communication between passengers and the train crew.