Secunderabad (SC): Secunderabad railway station here on Tuesday became the first in the South Central Railway and the sixth across Indian Railways to offer free WiFi for 30 minutes to passengers. The facility was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya in the presence of IT minister KT Rama Rao and SCR General Manager PK Srivastava on Tuesday.
Telangana Minister for Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao also said that in a year, the City of Pearls would turn into a WiFi hub, a much-awaited announcement made after the birth of the new State.
From eGovernance, India is moving towards mobile governance, he said, adding that of an estimated 120 crore population, 75 crore use mobile phones. Of this, about 32 crore are smartphone users, he explained.
Secunderabad station got the facility after Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi and Varanasi.
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Users can access WiFi on all the 10 platforms including the concourse area through strategically commissioned 96 wireless access points. The facility is accessible on smartphones/tablets/laptops (with WiFi) free of charge for 30 minutes. At the event, which also marked the commencement of the ‘Passenger and Customer Facilitation Fortnight’ celebrations, KT Rama Rao announced that “Hyderabad would be WiFi enabled by year-end.”
Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya proposed that the old Gandhi Hospital land could be handed over to SCR to increase the circulating area so that the long-pending project of developing the station on international standards is taken up. Dattatreya said that by next year the pending works of Wagon Coach Factory at Kazipet would also be taken up.
The union government has earmarked one lakh crore rupees for making India digitised. Later, PK Srivastava interacted with rail passengers and sought their opinion on services such as cleanliness, catering and security being rendered by SCR.