Nashik: Most of the commuters travelling in the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) in the city will not be able to use the free Wi-Fi services kick started by the transport utility.
The MSRTC had recently promised free Wi-Fi services for its commuters across the state and slowly started delivering on the same.
For, most of the buses used by the corporation are from Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) that is old and it is technically non-feasible starting Wi-Fi services.
“The JNNURM buses are the property of Central government that is being run and maintained by the MSRTC. Any modification in the electrical system will require Centre’s nod. Besides, they are too old for any kind of development,” a senior MSRTC Nashik division official said.
The Nashik city in all has 191 buses in service out of which 100 are JNNURM buses. These buses are delicate and expensive for maintenance and the additional feature will require drawing of power supply that is likely to affect the performance of its buses. Hence, modifying them is out of bounds,” the officer said.
The buses were delivered to Nashik in 2003-04 just before the Kumbh mela, and are still running in the city. Now, limited number of buses having Wi-Fi facility will mean that commuters will have to board non-JNNURM buses to get access to free internet.
Free Wi-Fi fails to impress commuters: The MSRTC’s free Wi-Fi system on the buses plying to the interior parts of the district have not found many happy takers.
Not only are the commuters disappointed with the strength of the connection but also want to be able to access social media.
The transport utility officials said that the Wi-Fi facility was the MSRTC’s first step into Digitization. “Neither is MSRTC is investing anything in this service from its pocket, nor charging consumers for the same. The consumer-oriented free service will take shape in a few months as the content will be revised,” a senior MSRTC officer said.