Wi- Fi fa­cil­ity at 14 NMMT bus de­pots from next month

GET CON­NECTED Ser­vice will be free for com­muters for half an hour, af­ter which, it will be charge­able

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Com­muters trav­el­ling in city trans­port buses can now get con­nected on­line while they wait for their bus at the de­pots.

The civic trans­port wing, Na vi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port ( NMMT) will soon start Wi-Fi fa­cil­i­ties at all the 14 bus de­pot across Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) ju­ris­dic­tion from Airoli to CBD Belapur.

The of­fi­cials said this is a long- term plan that the trans­port body has been mak­ing to at­tract more com­muters to use the NMMT buses. The ser­vice is likely to be launched in the first week of April.

The Wi- Fi ser­vice will be made avail­able for free to the com­muters for the first half an hour af­ter which it will be charge­able. The charges are yet to be de­cided.

Of­fi­cials said the sys­tem will be an open Wi-Fi sys­tem where peo­ple can just switch on their Wi-Fi con­nec­tion on their mo­bile phones/tabs and en­joy un­in­ter­rupted data ser­vices with­out hav­ing the has­sle of log­ging in through pro­tected pass­word or any se­cu­rity codes. A Sin­ga­pore telecom ser­vice provider has been roped in to pro­vide the ser­vice.

“We have been tak­ing sev­eral mea­sures to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices to the com­muters. We are in the fi­nal stage of launch­ing the in­ter­net fa­cil­ity at bus de­pots. We might start the ser­vices on all 14 bus de­pots si­mul­ta­ne­ously or in phases. This has not been de­cided yet,” said Sabu Daniel, chair man of Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Trans­port.

The Wi-Fi ser­vice was started in two routes in Jan­uary — route num­ber 105 (CBD Belapur to Ban­dra rail­way sta­tion) and route num­ber 123 ( Kharghar Jal­vayu Vi­har to Borivli rail­way sta­tion). How­ever, due to con­nec­tiv­ity is­sues, the ser­vice has been dis­con­tin­ued.

“We were get­ting se­vere con­nec­tiv­ity is­sues with the last ser­vice provider hence we dis­con­tin­ued their ser­vices. We have al­ready tied up with an­other com­pany and will re­sume the ser­vices on the same routes soon,” said the of­fi­cial.

Of­fi­cials said the civic body will take some time to start the two hy­brid buses it has pro­cured un­der the JNNURM 2 scheme since the code of con­duct is on. The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion will have by­poll for ward no 6 (Digha) next month.

“We will ply t he hy­brid buses mostly on the smoother routes which pass through Palm Beach Road, Vashi and Kopar Khairane since these buses run slow and can­not ply on busy traf­fic routes,” said Shirish Arad­wad, trans­port man­ager of NMMT.

The rest of the hy­brid buses will be in­tro­duced in phases if the first two buses trial run is suc­cess­ful.

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