Delhi Metro commuters can access Wi-Fi service as authorities have initiated the process to bring its entire network, all stations and train coaches, under the facility. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has invited ‘Request For Proposals’ from mobile operators to install Wi-Fi hotspots at stations and trains in this regard. Also Read - Delhi Metro launches reward-based 'Offer World' Android appAlso Read - Delhi Metro commuters can now recharge their smart cards by sending SMS
The move is aimed at providing a tech edge to the rapidly expanding network, which currently stands at around 193km, and burgeoning smartphone users. “This was a long standing demand of the commuters. We have asked mobile operators to submit their proposals and will check feasibility and other parameters after that,” an official said. Also Read - Delhi Metro launches mobile application
The deadline for the companies has been set around the end of May, the official added. Recently, the metro had launched a unique initiative through which Android phone users can earn credit points, which can be later redeemed to recharge smart cards.
Currently, only trains and stations in the 5.1km long Rapid Metro Network in Gurgaon are Wi-Fi enabled. It has also upgraded its helpline to a more advanced 24×7 bilingual Interactive Voice Response System aimed especially at commuters who are not conversant with signs at station premises.