A well-connected nation is a prerequisite to a well-served nation. In a diverse country like India, digital connectivity is a great leveller.
The Central government has recognized the availability of high-speed internet as the core utility for the delivery of services to the citizens. Living up to the vision of digital India, the government has integrated all 15 Kashmir Valley Railway Stations with the Wi-Fi Network of Indian Railways.
Appreciating the effort, Union Minister Piyush Goyal mentioned that Wi-Fi plays a significant role in connecting the people, and in bridging the digital divide between rural and urban India at a rapid pace. Indian Railways, in association with its RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, is playing a key role in bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to every corner of the country.
This move has cut across demographic and socio-economic segments and promoted ease of communication for the people of the valley. This public wifi has been provided under the brand name of RailWire and is available at 15 stations of Union Territory of Kashmir which is spread out in four District Headquarters. These 15 stations encompass Baramula, Hamre, Pattan, Mazhom, Budgam, Srinagar, Pampore, Kakapora, Avantipura, Panzgam, Bijbehara, Anantnag, Sadura, Qazigund and Banihal.
To provide public wifi at all the railway stations, PSU RailTel Corporation of India Ltd has been entrusted by the Ministry of Railways and it is worth noting that, in the Union Territory of Jammu, wifi has already been made accessible at 15 railway stations.
For the welfare of people, railway platforms are being transformed into platforms of digital inclusion. It is worth mentioning that currently, the wifi network is spread over 6000 railway stations across the country and it has transformed into one of the largest integrated wi-fi networks in the world.
Ranging from life-saving oxygen express to wifi network, Indian Railways has been playing a significant role in bridging the rural divide across the country. Indian Railways is working towards transforming railway stations into a digital hub. Today, RailWire wifi is helping to connect the unconnected as more than 5000 stations of this public wifi network are located in rural India with low connectivity.
Wifi at railway stations has been designed to offer users the best internet experience. It will be made available to any user who has a smartphone with a working mobile connection for KYC considerations.
Access to wifi not only connects communities but also opens up a world of opportunity for innovation and growth. Moreover, this year’s World Wifi Day celebration emphasized the need to accelerate access to affordable wifi to bridge the digital divide.
With a vision to transform India into a digital economy, the Central government has consistently focussed on efforts that have led to a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.
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