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Updated on: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10:57 AM IST

Indian Railways to become a 100% electric and get WIFI soon, promises Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

Goyal also mentioned the possibility of transforming Indian Railways into 100% electric by the next four to five years.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal  | Photo by ANI

Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal | Photo by ANI

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Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in an interview with ANI that Indian Railways is planning to have WIFI services inside the trains in the next four to four-and-a-half years. Goyal also mentioned the possibility of transforming Indian Railways into 100% electric by the next four to five years.

The Union Railways Minister also said, “It is a more complicated technology subject. Giving Wi-Fi in running trains requires investment… Towers need to be put and there have to be equipments inside trains. In this, we might have to bring in foreign technology and investors.”

“But it will help a lot in terms of security as CCTVs would be there in every train compartment and its live feed will go to police station. The signaling system will work in a better manner through Wi-Fi facility. In next four or four-and-a-half years we will start this facility,”

The WIFI service on stations will be expanded to more railway station by 2020. Goyal added, “We are trying to provide Wi-Fi services at all 6,500 stations by end of next year.” At present, Wi-Fi service is available at around 5150 railway stations in India.

The central government is working on revamping the railway stations, and NBCC is working in 12-13 location to modernize the station, just like Bhopal’s station. The government is also planning to develop commercial complexes and shopping malls in a cross-subsidy model. The ultimate idea is to segregate the railway station modernization with the land monetization.

“We are doing station modernisation with the help of private players, like we did in Bhopal for instance where a private company has modernised the entire station and it is near in completion. NBCC is working in 12-13 location to modernise the station and simultaneously to develop the complexes for housing, commercial activity, shopping malls in a cross-subsidy model, once these model becomes successful there will be faster rollout across the country,” Goyal told media.

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Published on: Thursday, October 24, 2019, 10:58 AM IST
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