Free WiFi in Train: Government preparing to provide free Wi-Fi in moving trains in India: After providing Wi-Fi service in railway stations of India, the government is now preparing to provide free Wi-Fi services in moving trains. This information has been shared by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal. Along with this, he has also given information about the deadline for this ambitious project.
Piyush Goyal said
Piyush Goyal said that the central government is preparing to provide Wi-Fi service in trains within four and a half years. Talking to the news agency ANI in Sweden, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that this is a complex technical issue. Investment will be required to provide Wi-Fi in moving trains. Also, some equipment will have to be installed inside towers and trains. We may have to bring foreign technology and investors for all these.
He further said that providing Wi-Fi service in trains will also help in ensuring safety in compartments. In view of security, this will be very good, because this will enable CCTV cameras to be installed in every compartment of the train and its live feed will go to the nearest police station. With the WiFi facility, the signaling system will also work better. We will start it in the next four years or two and a half years.
Talking further, Goyal said that apart from providing wifi service within trains, the government is also ready to extend the program to provide wifi service in railway stations. Currently, WiFi is available in about 5,150 railway stations in the country. Now the government is preparing to make internet or YY service available in 6,500 stations across the country. The Railway Minister said that we are trying to make WiFi service available in 6,500 stations by the end of next year.
Google Station program
It is to be noted that apart from the Government of India, Google is working on expanding its Google Station program to other railway stations across the country. Let us tell you for information, Google’s station program started in January 2016 with Mumbai Central Railway Station and last year the company included its 400th station- Assam’s Dibrugarh in the network. In its next phase, Google has partnered with BSNL to provide Wi-Fi connectivity to villages in Gujarat, Bihar and Maharashtra.