Free Wi-Fi service launched at Andheri, CST, Thane & 6 other suburban stations today
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu was in the city on Sunday to inaugurate a host of new facilities for Mumbai rail commuters, including free Wi-Fi at nine more suburban stations.
“Wi-Fi at stations are facilitating digital inclusion and helping create ecosystem for cashless transactions and less cash economy,” Prabhu said post launch.
The free Wi-Fi service was rolled out at the following stations from today, Andheri, Kurla, CST, Thane, Vashi, Belapur, Byculla, Panvel and Borivali.
While most of these stations were scheduled to get the service months back, the launch was delayed due to unknown reasons.
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.
Apart from the free Wi-Fi, Prabhu inaugurated a host of new amenities and services from Bandra Terminus today afternoon in the presence of over a dozen dignitaries and media persons.
The new facilities are a part of Railways’ plan to improve services and ease the plight of millions of commuters travelling on the world’s busiest railway network.
The complete list of new amenities and services inaugurated today is given below:
Fast locals at Diva
Fast local services were launched at Diva station on the Central line from today. 24 fast locals will ply on the route daily, with the first one flagged off from Diva at 6:55 am.
15 coach rakes
Twelve twelve 15-coach services were inducted on the Western line. The 15-coach service will replace the existing 12-coach ones.
A new weekly outstation service was launched between Bandra and Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) stations.
One of the busiest stations on the Western line, Dadar, got a new platform (Platform 7).
New escalators were inaugurated Dadar (West), Bhayandar and Vasai Road stations.
A new foot-over-bridge was inaugurated at Mankhurd station.