Beside the Gothic and Victorian architecture, and it being the land of the celebrities, if Mumbai is famous for something it s the crowded trains and stations. Sadly, Mumbai recently faced a horrific incident at the Elphinstone Road station (arguably due to over-crowding), where hundreds were injured and about 23 people lost their lives in a stampede. Now in an effort to prevent these stations from being congested, Western Railways is reportedly planning to cut down the frequency of free internet at the railway stations. Also Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot themAlso Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
In an audit report, the railways mentions that in many instances non-commuters stand at foot overbridges and railway stations to use the free Wi-Fi, while some use the internet to watch pornography. Hence, it is recommended that the availability of Wi-Fi should be restricted to main concourse hall, and not extended to all platforms or foot overbridges, DNA quoted from the audit report. A provision shall also be made to switch off the Wi-Fi at night. Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
This means, once implemented, passengers will only be able to use the Wi-Fi facility while they are on the platform or in the waiting hall at stations such as Mumbai Central or at stations waiting areas, such as the booking offices at Andheri and Borivali station, which have larger moving spaces. There will be no range available on the Foot Over Bridges or on any bridges connecting the entry, and exit points to a railway station. ALSO READ: Government to set up 7.5 lakh public Wi-Fi hotspots in 2018: Report
Free Wi-Fi is available at 15 stations across the Western Railway, including Mumbai Central, Dadar, Bandra, Andheri and Khar Road. We have already sent the recommendations to the board, and it is a matter of a day or two before we get the green signal, Chief Public Relations Officer (WR) Ravindra Bhakar told Mumbai Mirror.
Other than restricting the Wi-Fi s range, Western Railways will reportedly also restrict the vendors carrying luggage and hawkers from travelling during the morning and evening peak hours. One of the major causes that created panic on the foot over bridge at Elphinstone Road was a flower vendor dropping his basket of flowers. In its audit report, the railways also suggested clearing food stalls, and toilet blocks to allow free movement on stations. Another suggested update is to install illuminated signage directing passengers as to which foot over bridge leads to which platform, so that people don t spend too much time in the way trying to figure out where to go. ALSO READ: Over 1.5 million Indians already use Google s free Wi-Fi network in 19 railway stations