6,000 railway stations to get Wi-Fi connectivity
The Hindu Business Line , Aug 29, 2018
Stressing the need for highspeed internet connectivity in the remotest parts of the country, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said about 6,000 railway stations will become Wi Fi enabled in six-eight months.
“We believe that if we have to leverage digital technology, the basic thing is to ensure access to technology in the remotest part of the country,” he said at the ‘Smart Railways Conclave’ organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) here.
He said that the Railways is working on a programme to ensure last-mile connectivity, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal at a conclave organised by FICCI in New Delhi on Tuesday wherever there is no fibre optics network.
“We are hopeful that in the next six-eight months, all railway stations other than halt stations — about 6,000 stations — will be Wi Fi enabled,” the Minister said.
“We are focusing on the implementation of smart projects. We will have to start thinking, planning and working smartly. I think that’s the change that you must have seen in the last four years,” he added.
Goyal emphasised on the punctuality of trains and said that between April 1 and August 28, punctuality had improved to 73-74 per cent due to the installation of data loggers at interchange points. These ensure computer-generated timings instead of the station master recording the timings.
“We are working on putting GPS on every locomotive so that we will have every train marked on mobile phones, knowing exactly where they are,” he said.
“We are looking at electrification in a big way, which will save $2 billion every year, which otherwise I would have to charge the passengers. With efficient Railways, we won’t have to burden the poor,” he said.
Minister of Railways & Coal Piyush Goyal inaugurates Smart Railway Conclave organised by FICCI, in New Delhi