NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Indian Railways on 15th May commissioned Wi-Fi facility at Hazaribagh Town falling under Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand state in Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway.
With this development, a total of 6000 Railway Stations in India now has facility of Wi-Fi, as per Ministry of Railways. Indian Railway is continuing to extend the Wi-Fi facility at far flanged stations to connect the passengers and the general public with digital systems.
Indian Railways have started its journey by providing Wi-Fi facility at 1st Railway station in Mumbai in January 2016. Thereafter, provided 5000th Railway station, at Midanpore in West Bengal and reached the 6000th Railway station i.e. Hazaribagh on 15th May 2021. Also, on the same day, Jarapada station in the Angul District of state of Odisha was also provided with Wi-Fi.
According to Ministry of Railways, the Wi-Fi facility at Railway Stations meets the objectives of the aspiring Digital India Program of Government of India. This will bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban citizens thereby increasing the digital footprint in the rural villages and also enhance the user experience. Wi-Fi facility is being provided by Indian railways at 6000 stations now.
Provision of Wi-Fi facilities at Railway stations on self-sustainable basis with no cost to the Railways. This facility was provided with the help of RailTel, a PSU under Ministry of Railways. This task was carried out in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL and Tata Trust.