Jun 2, 2016

Get set for Wi-Fi service on Kolkata's underground metro rail!

The service will provide high speed internet access between Tollygunge and Dum Dum metro stations from June 15 this year.

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    Free Wi-Fi service on Kolkata's underground metro rail
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    Service will not be available inside moving trains
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    22 more trains to be launched taking the number to 300
With the Modi government's call for digital push, the Metro railways in Kolkata is preparing yet another gift for the city of joy. After being the first city to enjoy free Wi-Fi at some of its prime locations, commuters on the Kolkata Metro will now have access to free Wi-Fi at all the 17 metro stations.

At present the Kolkata Metro railway provides Wi-Fi only at the Park Street and Maidan stations. This new initiative is aimed at providing increased facilities and convenience to the passengers. The service will provide high speed internet access between Tollygunge and Dum Dum metro stations from June 15 this year.
ACCESS FREE WI-FI
Commuters will be able to access free Wi-Fi service in front of ticket counters and on platforms. But the service would not be available inside moving trains.
"The service was available at Park Street and Maidan at the moment. But from July 25, 17 stations from Dum Dum to Tollygunge will get free Wi-Fi facility," said Indrani Banerjee, spokesperson of the Metro railway. She also said mobile connectivity inside the tunnels is expected to be provided before this year's Durga Puja in early October.
ENHANCED SERVICES
The Kolkata Metro, country's oldest and the only underground metro system run-by the Indian Railways is also gearing up to provide commuters enhanced services. Apart from the internet facility, it is soon going to launch 22 more train services, shooting the number from 278 to 300. Metro services too will be available at an interval of six minutes on weekdays.
The Kolkata Metro is also expecting the delivery of 13 new air conditioned rakes from China starting from June next year to augment its services.
"We will get delivery of 13 air conditioned rakes starting from June, 2017. The rakes from Daliyan in China will have coaches with ultra-modern facilities," Banerjee added.
Source - India today