A while ago, the Ministry of Railways introduced infotainment LCD devices in Shatabdi and Tejas’ premium coaches, which has also been recently introduced in Anubhuti coaches on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express. However, the ministry now seems irked and is now apparently pulling back the infotainment system.
As Hindustan Times reports, railways apparently found that “LCD screens were damaged, wires broken, headphones stolen and power switches removed. The railways cited these reasons for discontinuing the on-board infotainment service.”
“We reviewed the Tejas Express and found that the infotainment devices are getting damaged frequently. The devices will be removed as passengers use smart phone and the hotspot Wi-Fi facility will be available in trains,” said Ved Prakash, director of information and publicity, Railway Board.
Reportedly, as a Senior railway board official told the publication, that these orders were issued to all zonal railways in February this year and they would soon begin acting on it and removing the LCD screens.
However, despite the decision of removing the screens, the railways continues its plans to provide free Wi-Fi in all trains. Presently, only premium trains have the facility.