'Net' Profit: Over 6,000 Railway Stations In India Covered Under Government's Wi-Fi Programme; 102 Remaining

'Net' Profit: Over 6,000 Railway Stations In India Covered Under Government's Wi-Fi Programme; 102 RemainingA railway passenger talks on his phone at Churchgate station. (Twitter/@RailMinIndia)
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  • Scaling up the drive, the Railways is continuing to extend the Wi-Fi facility at far flung stations to connect passengers and the general public with digital systems.

Barring 102 stations, Indian Railways has provided Wi-Fi facility at all stations across the country.

Bridging the digital divide between rural and urban citizens, over 6,000 stations are now equipped with Wi-Fi in the rail network in the country, increasing the digital footprint in village areas.

Scaling up the drive, the Railways is continuing to extend the Wi-Fi facility at far flung stations to connect passengers and the general public with digital systems.

Now Wi-Fi has been provided at 6,001 railway stations while the facility would be installed at 102 stations shortly where back-end OFC network is available, said a senior Railway Ministry official.

With the commissioning of Wi-Fi at Hazaribagh Town falling under Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand in Dhanbad division of East Central Railway as on 15 May 2021, the system was commissioned at 6,000 stations.

Also, on the same day, Jarapada station in Angul district in Odisha was also provided with Wi-Fi.

Beginning the Wi-Fi journey at the first railway station in Mumbai in January 2016, Midnapore station in West Bengal became the 5,000th railway station to have the facility.

The Wi-Fi facility at railway stations meets the objectives of the aspiring Digital India Programme of India.

The Wi-Fi facility is expected to increase the digital footprint in the rural villages and also enhance user experience. The task has been carried out in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL and Tata Trust in association with RailTel. Provision of Wi-Fi facility at railway stations was provided on a self sustainable basis with no cost to the Railways.

While 4,336 railway stations were completed with Wi-Fi in association with Tata Trust under charity funds, 965 railway stations were equipped by RailTel under CSR and other sources.

As many as 417 stations were equipped with Wi-Fi facility by RailTel in partnership with Google. RailTel, using USOF funds, provided the facility at 198 stations while 85 stations were equipped with the infrastructure in association with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited under CSR Funds.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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