New Delhi, March 12: In order to contribute towards digitalization free Wi-Fi services have been provided to 50 lakh passengers at 115 railway stations across the country. The railways propose to provide such facility in running trains soon. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu claimed that this is the biggest and fastest public Wi-Fi in the world.Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that the execution of Wi-Fi facility at 400 railway stations has been entrusted to RailTel Corporation, a subsidiary of the Railways, without any fund allocation by the government. “The number of passengers using the Wi-Fi services at all stations was approximately 50 lakh in the month of February at 115 stations so far provided with Wi-Fi service,” he said.
A total of 400 railway stations will be covered in the first batch and the criterion adopted to install the service depended upon the volume at stations. Prabhu said Wi-Fi facility was not just provided to railway passengers but also to all visiting the stations, including a large number of students.
“Of course, there is also a proposal to provide it in running trains,” he said responding to a query from a member, adding that the facility is available in some trains already. “We will try to give it in most trains,” he said.
Prabhu claimed that the use of Wi-Fi at stations was being regulated by guidelines issued by Department of Telecom and no case of violation of these guidelines has been reported. “All DoT guidelines are followed so that no website banned by DoT can be opened,” he said.
He also said that the Railways have provided solar panels on rooftops of 19 narrow gauge in Norther Railway and 4 broad gauge non-air-conditioned coaches in service for use of electrical energy generated in train lighting system on a trial basis, which would save a total of Rs. 41,000 crores over a period of 10 years.