WiFi on trains! Enjoy online movies, music during hour-long journeys (Representational Image)
Railway passengers will be delighted to lap up this mouth-watering offer, as Indian Railways is gearing up to introduce WiFi hotspot devices on a series of premium trains such as Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto Express soon.
In a bid to up the entertainment quotient during long hours journeys, Railways announced that it will implement the new project in Rajdhani, Shatabdi, Duronto and Gatimaan Express trains. With WiFi hotspot devices installed in trains, passengers will be able to watch movies, listen to music on their smartphones, laptops and tablets, according to the Railway Ministry.
A Railway Ministry official was quoted as saying in the Financial Express, "This project of installing WiFi hotspots in premium trains will roll out soon and tenders will be floated. All zonal railways will coordinate with the chosen vendors for the implementation which should begin this year itself".
Last year, Railways experimented their much sought-after project on the upgraded New Delhi Kathgodam Shatabdi Express train under Operation Swarn. However, the Railways' project to provide passengers with personalised entertainment screens witnessed a bitter taste in the premium Tejas Express train.
Within days of being launched, the personalised LCD screens on Mumbai-Goa Tejas Express were damaged by passengers and headphones were stolen, the official added.
On being asked whether passengers have to pay to enjoy this service, the railways official said, "The commercial department wants to earn revenue from this WiFi hotspot project, so either passengers will be asked to pay for the facility, or the vendor will integrate advertisements in the content and will share the revenue with railways".