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Indian Railways to install WiFi facility in 6,000 stations

Staff Writer | August 29, 2018
Indian Railways will install WiFi (wireless network) in as many as 6,000 stations across the country in the next six to eight months, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said.
Indian Railways
Asia   "We have plans to enable WiFi"
"We have plans to enable WiFi in 6,000 railway stations in the next six to eight months. This facility will not only help passengers to travel with ease but will also aide them to gain additional information pertaining to their profession such as farming, teaching," he said.

The minister announced the plan at a railway conclave in the Indian capital.

"Currently the Railways is offering free WiFi service at more than 700 stations across the country. With more stations, I believe people, especially the ones residing in villages, such as children, farmers, working women, will be benefitted because of the Wifi facility," he added.

The Indian Railways is one of the world's largest train networks, criss-crossing the country from north to south. It operates some 9,000 passenger trains and carries nearly 23 million passengers every day.

This vast public enterprise can be referred to as a semi-state. It runs schools, hospitals, has it own police force and construction companies, and has 1.3 million people on its payroll, making it the seventh biggest employer in the world.