The Indian Railways has now commissioned Wi-Fi for 6000 railway stations after it added the Hazaribagh Town railway station of Jharkhand on Saturday.
On the same day, Jarapada station in Angul district of Odisha was also included in the list of Wi-Fi enabled railway stations.
It began providing Wi-Fi facility for stations back in January 2016 with Mumbai.
It reached the milestone of 5,000 Wi-Fi enabled stations when it added Midnapore of West Bengal.
India’s Mission Of Bridging Digital Divide
It stated that it is going ahead with its mission to improve Wi-Fi availability for remote regions.
These efforts by the Indian Railways are part of the government’s Digital India Program which aspires to fill the digital gap between rural and urban people in terms of internet access and connectivity .
With this initiative, it could greatly increase the rural digital footprint along with enhancement of user experience.
Who Are The Service Providers?
The Indian Railways has informed that it pays no costs to provide Wi-Fi to the stations and that the service is self sustainable.
RailTel, a PSU which is part of the Ministry of Railways, along with Google, Department of Telecommunications (under Universal Service Obligation Fund), Power Grid Corporation of India and Tata Trust collectively help provide the Wi-Fi facility in the railway stations.
As of today, all Indian states have at least one railway station which has Wi-Fi internet facility available.
State-Wise Wi-Fi Stations Distribution
Read on to find out the distribution of stations which together comprise the 6,000 railway stations which are currently Wi-Fi enabled.
|SN||State/UT||No. of Stations|
|12||Jammu & Kashmir||14|