Good news for commuters of local trains on the Western line, the Railways will install WiFi devices which will give internet access to its commuters. The Railways will likely install WiFi connectivity in local trains by next year.
The Railway authorities will install the connection in long-distance trains like that of Rajdhani and Shatabdi first, and later in the city’s local trains. The Western Railway (WR) has proposed setting up WiFi inside the trains, adding to which a WR official told the leading daily, “The router and LAN will be installed inside the coaches. There will be a firewall to cover a certain distance beyond which the WiFi will get disabled.”
The railways will have basic rules for using these WiFi systems, for instance, one will have to enter their contact numbers as a password that will be verified and then, the WiFi will connect. The WR will also give the contractor advertisement rights on the coaches of trains. At present, most of Mumbai’s railway stations are WiFi-enabled.