NEW DELHI: The telecom wing of the Indian Railway, RailTel, has signed an settlement with the subsidiary of Google India to supply Wi-Fi facilities at 400 stations throughout the country, the government explained today.
In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said that RailTel Company of India Ltd (RCIL), a PSU underneath Railway Ministry, signed an arrangement with Mahataa Information India Pvt Ltd (MIIPL), an arm of Google Inc, to equip 400 stations with Wi-Fi in two phases,
In initial stage, as a lot of as 100 stations out of the complete A1 and A groups would be covered with the supplying, even though the facility would be prolonged to 300 stations in the next stage.
Non-suburban stations with an annual passenger earning of more than Rs 60 crore are classified as A1 stations, whilst individuals with annually passenger earnings from Rs eight crore to Rs sixty crore drop underneath the class of A stations.
The money expenditure for the task would be incurred by RCIL and MIIPL, the minster extra.