New Delhi, NFAPost: The railways has enabled its 6000th station with Wi-Fi as the facility went live at Hazaribagh town of Jharkhand. The milestone assumes significance as there is a massive drive from the government to digitise the country for various service delivery.
The Wi-Fi facility was first provided at the Mumbai Railway Station in 2016, reaching its 5000th station, at Midanpore in West Bengal. Recently, Jarapada station in Angul District of Odisha has been also equipped with this facility.
The Railways said in a statement that the Wi-Fi facility at railway stations meets the objectives of the aspiring ‘Digital India’ programme of the 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 6,000 stations now,” it added.
Provision of Wi-Fi facility at stations is being provided on a self-sustainable basis with no cost to the railways with the help of RailTel, a PSU under Ministry of Railways. The task was carried out in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL, and Tata Trust, it said.