Railway proposes Wi-Fi facility at ‘A1’ & ‘A’ category stations and in 50 rakes of important trains in Rajdhani/Shatabdi/Duranto category. This is in addition to Wi-Fi facility provided in 3 rakes of Howrah-New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express as a pilot project.
For the pilot project on Howrah-New Delhi Rajdhani Ex;press, an amount of Rs 6.67 crore has been spent by Eastern Railway. Further, provision of Wi-Fi in 50 rakes of important trains in Rajdhan/Shatabdi/Duranto category at an estimated cost of Rs. 55 crore is planned. In the current financial year, an amount of Rs. 1.00 crore has been allocated to Northern Railway which is executing this work. At stations, Wi-Fi facility will be provided by RailTel Corporation of Indian Limited (CIL) a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways through Internet Service Providers with no investment by Railways.
For Wi-Fi in trains and at stations, Railway will be using a cost effective technology and the same is being deliberated. Once the technology is selected, further action will be taken to make it operational.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Manoj Sinha in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.