Mumbai, 26 December 2018: Wi-Fi services have been provided at 715 no. of railway stations as on 14.12.2018. Wi-Fi services are proposed to be provided on 5734 railway stations.

RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL), a Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Railways has entered into an agreement with M/s. Mahataa Information India Private Limited (M/s. MIIPL), an Indian subsidiary of Google Inc. for providing free Wi-Fi at 438 A1 and A category stations.

The complete cost has been shared by RCIL and MIIPL. RCIL has also entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) / Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications for providing Wi-Fi services at 200 rural railway stations.

Free mobile Wi-Fi services at 715 railway stations have been used by 1.3 million unique users till the month of October 2018.

The cost of providing Wi-Fi at 438 stations where RCIL has entered into agreement with M/s. MIIPL is shared by RCIL & M/s. MIIPL and no fund has been provided by Government.

However, the cost of providing Wi-Fi at 200 rural stations where RCIL has entered into an agreement with Ministry of Communications, the funds of ₹ 27.77 Crore have been provided by Ministry of Communications under USOF.

List of Stations (State-wise) where Wi-Fi Internet Facility is planned:-

S.No. Name of State No. of Stations
1. Andhra Pradesh 449
2. Arunachal Pradesh 02
3. Assam 225
4. Bihar 366
5. Chhattisgarh 109
6. Delhi 25
7. Goa 06
8. Gujarat 352
9. Haryana 117
10. Himachal Pradesh 42
11. Jammu & Kashmir 29
12. Jharkhand 191
13. Karnataka 159
14. Kerala 110
15. Madhya Pradesh 363
16. Maharashtra 489
17. Manipur 02
18. Meghalaya 02
19. Mizoram 01
20. Nagaland 02
21. Odisha 207
22. Puducherry 03
23. Punjab 211
24. Rajasthan 453
25. Tamilnadu 428
26. Telangana 10
27. Tripura 12
28. Uttar Pradesh 785
29. Uttarakhand 19
30. West Bengal 565
                                     Total

5734

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha recently.

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