If you have received a WiFi notification on your smartphone at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in the past two weeks, don’t be surprised. The Central Railway (CR) is offering its commuters free WiFi service for 30 minutes on the station premises.
You will have to pay for the service after half-an-hour, but the CR is still working on the details of the arrangement.
Smartphone users receive a Wifi connectivity notification at the CST, and are directed to a page where they can register their mobile number. A one time password (OTP) is then sent to this number, using which you can access free WiFi for 30 minutes.
The railway ministry had announced the service for all A1 and A grade category stations in the 2014-15 railway budget. A1 category stations are those that earn more than Rs60crore annually, while the revenue of A-grade stations is between Rs8 and Rs60crore.
However, not all A1 and A category stations in Mumbai will get the service.
In the first phase, the railway board has decided to provide the service only to CST and Pune station on the CR, and Ahmedabad on the Western Railway (WR).
“We are still working on the payment modalities for WiFi usage beyond 30 minutes. As soon as we work it out, users will be able to access the service after half-an-hour by paying for it,” said a railway official, requesting anonymity.