Com­muters get ac­cess to free Wi-Fi at Kalyan sta­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - Pad­mja Sinha pad­mja.sinha@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Cidco officials de­mol­ish a build­ing at Sec­tor-19 in Kopar Khairne on Wed­nes­day.

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.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

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