All 6000 stations in the railway network will provide free WiFi connections in four months time if partnership with global entities such as Google are successful said Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister.
At the inauguration event of the project, 'The Railways-Lifeline of the Nation' (digitization of Indian Railway Heritage and bringing it online for wider dissemination and worldwide viewing) in collaboration with Google Cultural Institute, Goyal said already 711 railway stations offer the facility and and he is targeting to reach 6000 stations in 120 days.
In a similar partnership between Google and railways, Wifi facility is being extended in more than 400 stations. "We should expand this to all 6000 stations so that local people in the vicinity of the stations, particularly from the poor or marginalised sections of the society can use this and enjoy the fruits of the country's development," he said.
We have offered over 5000 stations for public private partnership on Rail Sahayog website for WiFi...Maybe Google can take some of these stations up. I hope to have WiFi connections in all 6000 stations in the next 120 days in the spirit of partnership," he said.
The project will put forth the Indian Railways heritage on Google Arts and Culture that is online platform for art and culture by the search engine. It will have over 100 online exhibitions, over 150 videos and 3500 images.
The project will further provide an in-sight into the sights, sounds as well as significance of Indian railways. The project will highlight the lesser known stories and heroic task of different worker class such as workshop engineers, incharges and trackmen to accord them for their contribution.