In a good news for commuters, seven more Mumbai suburban railway stations, including Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Thane and Bandra, will have free wi-fi facility within a week.
Earlier in January, Mumbai Central became the first station in the country to get the free wi-fi service as a part of Railway’s goal of providing better services to commuters. Today, the facility is used by over 50,000 commuters. Later, nine more stations across the country got the facility.
In June, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced an update on the 15 stations that were expected to receive the facility next. Although the stations were supposed to get the free wi-fi service by August 15, there have been some delays in implementation.
Nevertheless, on Monday, the minister tweeted an update on the status of the implementation, “7 more stns Panvel, Thane, Byculla, Khar, Bandra, Churchgate, CSTM are under validation available to public in week.”
7 more stns Fast WiFi Panvel,Thane Byculla KHAR,Bandra,Churchgate CSTM r under validation available to public in week.
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 15, 2016
Other stations where the implementation work is currently underway include:
Central Line: Ghatkopar, Kurla, Vashi, Wadala Road, Dombivali and Mulund.
Western Line: Dadar, Andheri, Virar and Borivali
Harbour Line: Belapur and Chembur.
Railways has set a target of making the free wi-fi service available across 100 Indian railway stations by end of 2016.
About the service:
Railways and Google joined hands with RailTel to make high-speed internet freely accessible to the Indian rail commuters. RailTel is one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country owning a Pan-India optic fiber network on exclusive Right of Way (ROW) along Railway track.
Users get high-speed free wi-fi for the first hour, following which users have the option of buying a pack and restoring the speed.
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