wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Indian Railways to spend Rs 55 crore to provide Wi-Fi in important trains; When?

Indian Railways has proposed to introduce Wi-Fi facility at A1 and A category stations and in 50 rakes of important trains, like Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duranto, reports the Press Information Bureau. Indian Railways had already introduced Wi-Fi facility in 3 rakes of Howrah-New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express as a pilot project, in April 2013 after initially announcing it in February 2011.indian-railways

For this pilot project Eastern Railway has apparently spent Rs.6.67 crore. For the proposed introduction of Wi-Fi facility in other Rajdhani trains and in Shatabdi and Duranto category of trains an estimated budget of Rs.55 crore has been fixed. Also, it seems the Northern Railway has already been provided Rs.1 crore in the current financial year to begin executing this.

RailTel Corporation of Indian Limited (CIL), which is a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways, will provide the Wi-Fi facility in stations through independent internet service providers (ISPs), with no investment on part of the Railways. Back in 2006, the then RailTel AGM (Business Development & Public Relations) Shailesh Tiwari had told that it plans to create Wi-Fi hotspots in 500 stations and also extend the service to the neighbouring areas, in an interview. Eight years have passed but next to no progress on this front.

Apparently the Indian Railways is keen on utilising a cost effective technology for providing Wi-Fi facility in trains and stations, and is currently deliberating the options. Implementation will begin post selection of the right technology.

Why the delay and no fixed deadlines?

Railways Minister D.V.Sadananda Gowda had announced the plan to provide Wi-Fi facility at stations in his Budget speech last month. This isn’t the first time the Indian government has announced plans of providing Wi-Fi hotspots at stations, but each time at the implementation stage things seem to take forever. It took about two years for the provision of Wi-Fi facility in Howrah-New Delhi-Howrah Rajdhani Express to proceed from the announcement stage to a pilot project.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

In fact, the Indian Railways had run a similar pilot project on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Shatabdi Express, back in January 2009. Why does it take the government this long to implement its plans? More importantly, why are there no fixed deadlines by which the progress of such projects can be measured?

The Minister had also announced that workstations and internet will be provided in select trains on payment basis, and that a pilot project to this effect will be launched by the end of 2014.

Here’s a list of other Wi-Fi announcements by the central government and several state governments. In case of most of these initiatives there are no clear progress reports.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

Due to the scale of regulatory and technical challenges, transparency reporting under the IT Rules has gotten off to a rocky start.

News

Here are possible reasons why Indians are not generating significant IAP revenues despite our download share crossing 30%.

News

This article addresses the legal and practical ambiguities in understanding the complex crypto ecosystem in India.

News

It is widely argued that the PDP Bill report seeks to discard the intermediary status of social media platforms but that may not be...

News

Looking at the definition of health data, it is difficult to verify whether health IDs are covered by the Bill.

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ