After launching free Wi-Fi service in Howrah Rajdhani trains in India, Indian Railways is working on providing free Wi-Fi connectivity at the New Delhi Railway Station, PTI reports. With over 300 trains and five lakh passengers a day, the New Delhi Railway Station in India s capital will be the first Wi-Fi equipped station to provide wireless high speed connectivity to the travelers. Also Read - IRCTC now let's you book Indian Railways ticket, but pay later: Here's how
According to the report, a senior official in Railway ministry has informed that a Mumbai-based company has been given the job to make the New Delhi station a Wi-Fi enabled station. The company was selected on a tender basis. This service will be accessible to be used on laptops or mobile phones across the station including all 16 platforms.
The government is starting the service with the New Delhi station on a pilot basis at an estimated cost of Rs 80 lakh, and is believed to make it operational in the coming three to four months. For this, the company hired for the project will work on infrastructure and installation of towers at strategic locations to provide seamless Wi-Fi connectivity. They will later extend the network to other stations in due course.
The government is also planning to use tablet computers on information desks at the New Delhi station. We are exploring to mount tablets on walls at certain places in the station for the benefit of passengers. The tablets will be equipped to disseminate information about the train position, expected arrival time and other relevant data required by the passenger, the official said.
The government had earlier also announced it would launch several mobile-based services for railway information as well as booking of tickets.