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Posted: Nov 03 2016 (13:31)

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Nov 03 2016 (13:27)   Mumbai local train: Free Wi-Fi on both locals, long-distance trains by 2018

Jayashree ❖ Amita*^   37299 news posts
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MUMBAI: After executing the free Wi-Fi project at railway stations, RailTel is firming up plans to provide free hi-speed internet for passengers in premium long-distance trains and suburban rakes here.
After 30 minutes usage, the browsing speed will be reduced on mainline and suburban trains.
RailTel is looking at a public-private partnership (PPP) model to implement the project and invited a request for proposal for the project, which includes installation of close circuit television (CCTV) cameras in coaches of long-distance and suburban trains.
senior RailTel official said, "Provision of Wi-Fi in trains is being monitored by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). We aim to roll out the first such rakes, both electrical multiple units for Mumbai suburban and long-distance premium trains, by 2018." In the first phase, the facility will be in 100 long-distance rakes and all suburban trains. The browsing speed will be 45mbps and above.
He said, "The 100 rakes selected are the most prestigious of Indian Railways, including the Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto."
For Mumbai suburban, the facility can be used simultaneously by around 1,200 persons per rake, while in long-distance trains, it will cater to 600 per rake. Passengers will be able to activate the service via a one-time registration via SMS. He said commuters will be able to access videos on demand, Internet Protocol television (IPTV), games and music.
RailTel has asked the service provider to provide common HD screens for chair cars and double decker chair car trains.
He said, "CCTV surveillance system is a must as it can act as a deterrent and provide evidence of crime, especially in the suburban system, where there have been instances of molestation in compartments reserved for women." The system will be able to store at least seven days of video feed data from all CCTV cameras and will support remote online monitoring of select cameras on the trains.
The first 10 rakes on the mainline and 30 on the suburban system are expected to roll out the facility within eight months of the contract being awarded. The balance will have the facility gradually and all 100 mainline rakes and all suburban trains will have the features two years after the contract is finalized."
500 Wi-Fi spots in city from next week
The city will get 500 Wi-Fi spots with 2,000 access points soon. The set-up is ready and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will inaugurate the system next week. Officials said test runs are being conducted and the state will provide up to 100mbps for 30 minutes free; the rates for after 30 minutes are yet to be decided but they will be cheaper than other data providers

1 posts - Thu Nov 03, 2016

Nov 03 2016 (15:08)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1933 blog posts
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It is correct that being from the state Maharashtra Mr. Prabhu have soft corner for the state and there is nothing wrong in it as long as he takes due care of other states too, which I think are very well taken care of as compared to previous regimes. We should not expect him to give more priority to other state over his home state (which had been neglected since decades as most RMs hailed from eastern region).
Mumbai had never been the political constituency of Mr. Prabhu, he won all his parliamentary elections from Rajapur which is far away from Mumbai.
are many things related to Mumbai locals, which make it special and I think should be mentioned here:
(1) Mumbai Locals (MLs) carry more than 75 lacs passengers per day which should be atleast equal to the passengers carried in other local trains in Kolkata(no-2), Chennai(no-3), Delhi, Sec'bad taken together. I remember it was reported in national news paper (ToI/ ET) during RB analysis in mid 1990s, that MLs were carrying a whopping 58% of total suburban passengers, and very less financial allocation was done for MLs/Mumbai in that year. Even today figure should be similar (conservatively 50%).
(2) MLs are lifeline of Mumbai and main mode of intracity transport due to its linear development and island geography. Govt of Maharashra/CIDCO Mumbai have actively participated by contributing 50% to 67% of project cost since decades with IR to create ML infrastructure. Where as in case of locals in Delhi/WB/TN, state Govts did not contribute. Since last few years almost all the state govts have started participating/ contributing, as they recognize that they indirectly derive benefits out of cost effective & loss making local trains/ other rail facilities.
(3) The surface road area per person is several times lesser in Mumbai than in Delhi which enjoy much better road transport. So local trains were not that important in Delhi. With advent of the superb Delhi Metro, the local trains have become almost irrelevant.
(4) Today Mumbai & Delhi are major metropolitan area which are distinctly larger than other city and have a population of over 2 crores each with very high per capita income. New Delhi, the national capital, has been given special importance by way of giving large number of premium trains and other facilities but Mumbai has left behind in-spite of the fact that it is equivalent to Delhi and first rail in India was introduced in Mumbai. This is because of IR policies where the market scenario have little importance, and decisions are based more on the whims and fancies of RMs/Bureaucrats. In airline traffic Mumbai was no.1 and over taken by Delhi just 1or 2 years back. Its air traffic is multiple times of the air traffic at Kolkata, Chennai, SC. Where as in IR, its importance is almost like other state capital zonal HQs like Chennai, Secunderabad, Kolkata. Similarly Bangalore too had been sufferer due to non existence of zonal HQ which had been made up to large extent by Mr. Jaffer Sharief.
(5) Mumbai, the financial capital which give distinctly the highest tax collection to nation, deserves appropriate importance very much like the way political capital (Delhi) is given. But in our country political wisdom prevails over the financial wisdom, political capital are pampered like queens and the financial capital/centers are relegated to the post of her body guard. As a result political capital grows faster than financial capital/ centres.
(6) MLs had been giving operational surpluses to IR (unique case in world!) where as other local were constantly giving losses. This indicated a very good track record of Mumbaikars regarding practice of travelling with ticket. After non increment of non ac fares for 10 continuous years by some populist RMs did the Mumbai local slipped into loss making zone. Even today the operating ratio for MLs shall definitely be much better than others.
(7) After neglect of decades, MLs deserve a better treatment. Any body who has traveled in ML during peak hours (esp CCG-VR) and witnessed a major ML station even for 15 minutes shall fully agree to it.

Nov 03 2016 (17:23)
KaithalKarnalMeerutRailwayProject~   1304 blog posts
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Vo to theek h but Mumbai me MST & Local fares me subsidy dekar prabhu ji Jo maze le rahe h or sare desh Ka nuksaan kar rahe h uska kya.
Delhi surrounding me bhi public ; Mumbai jitni to nai but itni public ko ignore karna bhi theek nai h.
20 saalo se yaha koi local train nai chalai.
Haryana Roadways pe dependent
h log.
Govt bhi kabhi Rapid Rail or Kabhi High Speed Train ke plans dikha ke maze le rahi h janta ke.
Is time DRM Delhi bhi maante h Ki tracks overloaded h.
Itne loads/Goods trains chalti h.
Yadi aap 1 din ke lie bhi DLI UMB route ko band kardo to traffic sambhalna mushkil ho jaega.
Nani yaad aajaegi railway ko.
Itne saalo se Railway se PNP - SZM Automatic signalling Ka project to ho ni raha h.
Baki to kaam rehne hi do.
Yaha to Railway ki policies dekh ke hi hairani hoti local trains badhai nai or upar se MST Mail / Express or Superfast trains me allowed nai h.
Kabhi Stations dekho Adarsh Nagar Badli jise 10-15 saal pehle hi develop ho Jana chahiye tha vaha to ab ye log sote jage h ; ab jakar to yaha Platforms pe tiles lagane Ka kaam shuru hua h.

Nov 03 2016 (18:15)
For Better Managed Indian Railways~   1933 blog posts
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Dear friend, I agree that Delhi, the national capital should not be ignored, and it never had been ignored. Local trains have not been developed in Delhi as electrification reached here very late probably around 1980. Where as in Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai the electrification came in around 1920s/1930s, when Delhi was smaller a city than Chennai!. Mum/Kolk/Chen were major population centers, ports and financial centers of the country and were given high importance. After independence the situation changed, the capital was given overriding priority and importance over the other larger cities and financial centers. The trend continues today. Due to tremendous growth, Delhi over took Chennai, Kolkata and now it in process of overtaking Mumbai.
Delhi has got its due by
means other than local trains. Huge central fund, multiple times any other city of India, has been given to Delhi Roads since decades. Delhi Metro had been given preferential treatment by way of huge and generous central govt. funding which were not given to other Metro Rlys. Important reason for Delhi to grow much faster than any other metro in India is due to much more central govt. funds going into it, than any other city of the country. So high was the priority accorded to Delhi, that it became a subject for one of the poet Mr Abdul Jabbar from Rajasthan who recited it at chhatisgarh during a kavi sammelan in 1980s (before1985). His concern was there are no/poor roads, electricity/ water etc in rest of country and Delhi was getting layer over layer to already good tar roads. His concern was govt is splurging precious resources on the capital and neglecting citizens residing in rest of the country. Main line of the poem, I still remember goes "Garibon ka khoon koi paani nahin hai, Rajdhaani koi maharaani nahin hai"
Mumbai Locals were giving operational surplus to IR, were a miracle as no other suburban system gave profits in the world!! Mumbai local subsidy (in fact the pax. business subsidy to large extent) has been given to IR by Laluji & Mamtaji who refrained from increasing fares in spite of rising input costs due to inflation. They gave this poison to IR, which tasted sweet to Indian public and brought them immense popularity. As a result, increasing non ac fares have become a political taboo which no body want to experiment. Where as Mr. Rrabhu refrain from such politics and is trying to strengthen the IR infrastructure. He is giving medicine to IR, which often taste bitter to public, and hence getting brickbats from a section of public.
Fact is Mumbai has always given more revenue to nation and got back lesser (investment) than other metros like Delhi, Kolkata, etc. Life of avg. Mumbaikars is toughest. I have seen life of Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. Cannot say about Chennai/Bangalore, which are said to be better and more comfortable places to live in than other metros.

Nov 03 2016 (21:59)
Prakhar*^~   4307 blog posts   414 correct pred (81% accurate)
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U wrote well. (Y)

Nov 03 2016 (22:18)
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Thanks sir!!

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