The Maharashtra State transport buses soon to get free wi-fi services. MSRTC will be installing wi-fi sets in around 100 Shivneri Volvo buses connecting Mumbai and Pune that will enable bus passengers to access internet completely free of cost.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has hailed the decision of free wi-fi services at 100 stations, seeing this as an opportunity the state transport department has announced that by next year in August, 2017 they will install free wifi services in more 18,000 of its buses.
The trial took place with WiFi machines installed in buses of Pune’s Swargate and Shivajinagar state transport (ST) stands. The service has been provided to 325 buses.
Currently State Transport has overall 18,500 buses, in this Shivneri, Heerkani, and Parivartan are also included. Facility, has already been installed by MSRTC in 325 buses, as pilot project. In every bus which has wifi facility 22 to 25 travelers use free wifi service every day.
Now wifi service will be installed in these buses running in Mumbai, Amravati, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Pune regions from January. State Transport has 18,500 buses in total, to install wi-fi services in these buses a total budget of 10 crores will be spent. This project will be given to the company for a term of 5 years.
MSRTC plans to maintain and store all the records of people accessing the internet, so as to ensure that no one uses free internet services for destructive purposes. Internet will come to these Shivneri buses via direct satellite link-up.