Facility to access Internet through laptop at Central

CHENNAI, FEB. 26. Central Railway Station is the country's first "wireless fidelity"-enabled station. Now passengers can access the Internet through laptop computers that have built-in personal computer cards.

The service was launched by Dishnet DSL, which has a cyber caf� at the station. N. Jayaram, Divisional Railway Manager, Southern Railway Chennai Division, inaugurated it today. As an inaugural offer, the service will be free up to March 31.

From April 1, pre-paid cards will be issued at The Hub in the new hall of the station. Cards that can be used for one hour will cost Rs. 60. Users can buy cards for five hours, 10, 25 or 100 hours. Online registration and renewal of cards will also be available.

A small box mounted on the wall of the main lounge next to the Excess Fare counter will allow users to access the Internet up to a distance of 100 metres.

V.G. Suri, Associate Vice-President of Dishnet DSL, said prices of the cards would be brought down if the service was used by a large number of people.