Indian Railways has finalised a plan to equip nearly 8500 railway stations across India (including those in rural and remote areas) with Wi-Fi facilities at an estimated cost of Rs 700 crore.
Wi-Fi facilities at Railway Stations:
i. At 1200 railway stations, Wi-Fi facility will be provided to rail passengers while at about 7300 stations (in rural and remote areas) the facility will be available not only to passenger but also to local people.
ii. Such Railway stations will have kiosks with Wi-Fi, offering services like digital banking, issuing government certificates, including birth and death certificates, Aadhaar generation and filing taxes and paying bills.
iii. Target is to provide Wi-FI facility at 600 stations by March 2018, and to cover all 8500 stations by March 2019.
iv. It is to be noted that under Central Government’s Digital India initiative, Indian Railways has already commissioned Wi-Fi services at 216 major stations, providing internet access to nearly 7 million rail passengers.