Thiruvananthapuram

Wi-Fi in three more Kerala railway stations soon

Close on the heels of the high-speed public Wi-Fi service made available at Ernakulam Junction, three more busy railway stations in the State will soon have the facility.

Announcing this here on Tuesday, outgoing Divisional Railway Manager Sunil Bajpai said free Wi-Fi services will be rolled out soon at the Thiruvananthapuram Central, Kollam and Thrissur railway stations.

Railtel

Railtel, the telecommunications arm of the Railways that provides Internet services as RailWire using its fibre network in collaboration with Google, will provide Wi-Fi as in Ernakulam Junction, the first in Southern Railway to offer the service.

Mr. Bajpai, who handed over charge to Prakash Butani earlier in the day after holding the post for two-and-a-half years, said the doubling work via Kottayam is progressing well now with adequate funds from the budget last year.

RRTS

On the ambitious Rapid Rail Transit System (RRTS) mooted for the Thiruvananthapuram-Chengannur corridor, Mr. Bajpai said the project has failed to take off even after two years.

“Making available money is the hurdle. Kerala and Centre will have to work together,” the Divisional Railway Manager added.

On developing Nemom as a terminal to solve the saturated terminal facilities at Thiruvananthapuram Central, Mr. Bajpai said huge investment is needed for developing it.

Overcoming line capacity saturation by doubling the track is the priority for the Railways now, he said adding that Nemom is a possibility.

New Additional Divisional Railway Manager K. S. Jain will take over next week.



Free Wi-Fi services will be soon at the capital, Kollam and Thrissur railway stations.



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