From next summer, don’t worry if your train is delayed by a few hours. Sit back and surf the Internet while you are stuck at the Jaipur railway station.
The North Western Railway has decided to offer Wi-Fi facilities to commuters from March 2016 and develop the Jaipur junction as a world class station, NWR general manager Anil Singhal told reporters on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference at the junction, Singhal said the process has been started to provide facilities of international standards at the Jaipur station. The railway board is working to develop Jaipur railway station on public private partnership (PPP) mode, under which the station will get a shopping complex, increased passenger amenities and a passenger circulating area among others.
The NWR general manager also announced that a plant set up for producing biogas out biodegradable waste would become operational in this financial year, while work to produce diesel out of plastic would begin in Jaipur soon.
With an increase in footfall, a few trains, including New Delhi-Ajmer Shatabdi, are would get additional stoppages at Gandhi Nagar, Durgapura and Jagatpura railway stations, Sighal said. He added that two metre-gauge lines were being converted into broad gauge and the work would be complete within a year. In the second phase of the expansion process two additional rail tracks would be laid one towards Delhi and other towards Sawai Madhopur.
The official said a skywalk would be constructed for seamless connectivity from Jaipur Metro station to Jaipur Junction. Besides, the NWR has set up integrated security systems at leading stations to make railway stations safer. It has also launched a security helpline number ‘182’ for women passengers.