1. Patna railway station porn row: Indian Railways blocks adult sites in free Wi-Fi scheme

Patna railway station porn row: Indian Railways blocks adult sites in free Wi-Fi scheme

Indian Railways has blocked porn sites for the free Wi-Fi service users at Patna Junction.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 26, 2016 5:23 PM
Indian Railways has blocked porn sites for the free Wi-Fi service users at Patna Junction.(Website) Indian Railways has blocked porn sites for the free Wi-Fi service users at Patna Junction.(Website)

Indian Railways has blocked porn sites for the free Wi-Fi service users at Patna Junction. The decision came days after a report came to the fore that the service in Patna railway station was used mostly to view porn. East Central Railway (ECR) CPRO Arvind Rajak said public sector undertaking RailTel has started the process of blocking all sleazy sites at Patna Junction. He said the very purpose of providing free Wi-Fi services at all major stations falling under the ECR jurisdiction is to ensure that passengers could know the exact position and movement of trains running in the zone. “Unfortunately, the facility was being used for some ‘other’ purposes,” he said, according to a report. Earlier, RailTel denied the charge.

Notably, Patna station, under Danapur Division of East Central Railway, is the first station in Bihar to have free Wi-Fi facility. This railway station is one of the crowded as well as the oldest one with more than 200 trains passing through it daily.

At present, RailTel is providing 1 gigabite Wi-Fi at the Patna railway station but planning to increase to 10 gigabites due to slow speed of internet in view of more use of it by the passengers as well as youths, who regularly spend hours to enjoy free internet. Free Wi-Fi service was launched last month at Patna, along with three more railway stations, across India. These stations are Patna in Bihar, Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh and Ranchi in Jharkhand.

Mumbai Central was the first railway station in the country to enjoy free Wi-Fi facility. Last year, Google India and Indian Railways joined hands to introduce high-speed Wi-Fi network at 400 stations in the country.

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