Commuters get access to free Wi-Fi at Kalyan station
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Waiting for a train at Kalyan railway station may become less tedious for commuters now as the railways started Wi-Fi facility from Tuesday.
On Wednesday, commuters at Kalyan station were seen glued to their mobile phones to check whether the Wi-Fi was actually functioning. To spread awareness about the new facility, the Central Railway had put up posters and hand bills at several places across the station.
Kalyan becomes the first station within Thane district to avail of this facility.
Station manager Prabhat Kumar Das said, “Commuters are quite happy with the free Wi-Fi facility and we have received a positive response from them.”
He added: “Accessing the Wi-Fi is also quite simple. As soon as a commuter logs in, a password is messaged to their number. They can then begin using the internet.”
Speaking about the internet speed, Das said, “Users will get to use the internet at high speed for the first 30 minutes. But it will reduce in the next 30 minutes and will get disconnected automatically after an hour.”
Ritesh Patil, 29, travels to Thane every day. “Finally, some new facility has been introduced for Kalyan commuters. But the authorities should not sit back after providing us the Wi-Fi. The need of the hour is more number and increased frequency of trains. The number of deaths on tracks too needs to be reduced.”
Thane could soon be following Kalyan’s footsteps, said sources.
Nationalist Congress Party chief Jeetendra Awhad had promised access to free Wi-Fi in Kalwa and Mumbra railway stations during his election campaign. It did not work out.
Diwakar Surve, 40, a Shivaji Chowk resident, said, “The facility should be maintained in the long run.”