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Wi-Fi service launched at New Delhi railway station

People thronging the station can now access Wi-Fi internet on any of the 16 platforms free of cost for an initial period of 30 minutes.

People thronging the station can now access Wi-Fi internet on any of the 16 platforms free of cost for an initial period of 30 minutes.  

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Close to 5 lakh passengers travelling via New Delhi railway station, the busiest in the country, will now be able to connect to the internet through the Wi-Fi service, which was launched at the station on Monday.

Terming internet as a “new necessity”, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said efforts are on to make maximum use of information technology to provide better facilities to passengers.

“Today we have launched Wi-Fi service at New Delhi station. This has become a necessity for the people,” Mr. Prabhu said after launching the service.

People thronging the station can now access Wi-Fi internet on any of the 16 platforms free of cost for an initial period of 30 minutes after which they would be required to register for the same using their mobile phones.

Beyond 30 minutes, the user would have to purchase scratch cards costing Rs. 25 for 30 minutes and Rs. 35 for an hour and valid for 24 hours. Users can buy them at Wi-Fi helpdesks on the concourse at the Paharganj and Ajmeri Gate sides of the railway station.

“It [Wi-Fi] should not be limited to only a few people but to common people also. We are trying to provide this facility to more and more stations as soon as possible. We are finalising an action plan for this and besides stations, we will provide it on trains also. This is a beginning today, but it will not be confined to one station only,” he said.

The project is being implemented by RailTel, a railway PSU which is mandated to provide the service.

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