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Patna : Patna Junction under Danapur division of East Central Railway ( ECR ) is likely to be the first station in Bihar to have WiFi facility. Railways has started started trial test of WiFi system at Patna Junction It would make it functional after its successful trial.
WiFi facility at Patna Junction will be available round the clock on each platform of the station . It will be available for the users up to 20 minutes free of cost after which the users will have to pay nominal charges. Users at Patna Junction can avail the facility of WiFi after getting password from railways.
Railway Board had earlier announced that WiFi facility would be provided at three major stations including Patna junction , Mughalsarai and Gaya in the first phase of the proposed plan of railways. This facility will cater to the needs of tech savvy passengers while travelling from these stations.
According to ECR CPRO Arvind Rajak , railways has been allocated adequate funds in the current railway budget to provide passenger amenities at all major stations of ECR falling under category A1 and A class stations of the zone. This facility is being provided as a pilot project of the scheme of railways, he said adding ECR has identified several stations falling under five divisions of the zone to be developed as modern and passenger friendly stations .
Rail Tel is carrying out this project . Railways is bound to provide this facility under the improved passenger amenities plan at all class A1 and A stations in the zone in Bihar. Railways has already initiated steps to modernize functioning of class A 1 and A category stations in the zone . Better announcement , cleanliness , food stalls , PRS ( passenger reservation system ) and UTS ( unreserved ticketing system ) are other basic facilities being provided at these cluster of stations under the direct supervision of ECR GM A K Mittal, he said.
According to a Railway Board officia , railway ministry has announced that railways would provide WiFi facility at about 400 stations across the country . ECR has been brought under the ambit of this facility , he said adding this facility will have the advantage of getting connectivity worldwide web also. He said railways also intends to provide WiFi broadband facility in several pairs of premier trains including Rajdhani Express , Shatabdi Express and Duronto Express.
While Howrah – New Delhi Rajdhani Express has been provided WiFi facility , Patna – New Delhi Rajdhani Expresswould get this facility soon . Indian Space Research Organisation ( Isro) has worked details to execute the ambitious plan of railways phasewise, he said.