New Delhi. Indian Railways has equipped 6000 railway stations across the country with free Wi-Fi in just five years. The Ministry of Railways issued an official statement on Sunday, saying, Hazaribagh Town, which falls under Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand state in Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway on May 15, is the 6000th station in the country where free Wi-Fi facilities can be accessed. Has been. You know, Railways started the free Wi-Fi facility from Mumbai Central Station (Mumbai Central) in January 2016 and At present, this facility is working at 6 thousand railway stations in 30 states and union territories of the country. It has the highest number of stations in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal with the highest Wi-Fi.
Indian Railways started its journey by providing Wi-Fi facility at Mumbai’s first railway station in January 2016. Subsequently, Midnapore station in West Bengal was the 5000th railway station to be equipped with this facility. After that, Hazaribagh became the 6000th railway station on 15 May. Also, on the same day, Jarapada station in Angul district of Odisha state was also connected with Wi-Fi facility.
Facility that fulfills the objective of Digital India
The Wi-Fi facility at the railway stations serves the objectives of the ambitious Digital India of the Government of India. The ministry says it will work to bridge the digital divide between rural and urban citizens. There is a provision of Wi-Fi facilities at railway stations on self-sustainable basis without any expense to the railways. This facility is provided with the help of RailTel, a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways. This work is being done in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL and Tata Trusts.
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According to the statement of the Ministry, the state-wise Wi-Fi facility at railway stations as on May 15 is as follows:
State Number of Wi-Fi stations
Uttar Pradesh 762
Andhra Pradesh 509
West Bengal 498
Tamil Nadu 418
Madhya Pradesh 393
Himachal Pradesh 24
Jammu and Kashmir 14
UT Chandigarh 5
Arunachal Pradesh 3
Meghalaya, Mizoram and This facility is available at 1-1 railway station in Sikkim.