Mumbai local trains to get WiFi; passenger yet to get punctual trains

Central Railway local trains will soon be receiving WiFis but the passengers are yet to receive punctual local trains. Previously, Central Railways had asked for 100 days to resolve the issues regarding its punctuality but the situation has not changed

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In order to ensure that the Central Railway passengers receive uninterrupted network services while travelling in local trains, the rail corporation has decided to install WiFis in local trains. This comes after passengers travelling from remote areas started facing trouble while browsing via the mobile network.

The network usually gets disrupted between Ghatkopar-Vikhroli and due to which, the passengers struggle while they are doing some important work or are streaming an online show. Therefore, in an attempt to introduce entertainment without using the buffering mobile Internet, Central Railway has decided to introduce WiFi under the 'Content of Demand'.

The service will be introduced during Diwali after which the users will be able to use the service. Currently, Central Railway is planning to install the modems in 165 local trains. This will include pre-loaded movies, songs amongst the various entertainment programs. Meanwhile, Railways has already signed a contract with a private company for providing the service for five years.

The service will cost Railways lakhs, which can be used to resolve the issue of punctuality along with its technical problems. Every time, the Central Railway authorities claim that they care about the safety of the commuter. However, when the local trains are late, people are forced to rush in trains in order to meet the office or work timings which eventually leads in the commuters falling off the trains. So does it mean that the assurances from the rail corporation are a mere facade?

One of the leading reasons behind the daily delay is the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC)'s unfulfilled projects. The MRVC had sanctioned the installation of the fifth and sixth railway line for express trains in 2008 but that project seems to have turned into a lost cause. It has also been noticed that all the express trains which run on the existing four lines immensely disrupted the Central Railway schedule.

So, is it evident that entertainment is a priority for Central Railway while the condition of a passenger hangs on mere assurances?

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