New Delhi, October 13: Indian Railways have completed the task of equipping 200 stations with free Wi-Fi service across the country. A recent tweet by the Ministry of Railways confirms the same. It says, “Free RailWire – Google super high-speed Wi-Fi service now available at 200 railway stations across India #DigitalIndiaDigitalRail”.  The free Wi-Fi facility has found more takers in smaller cities as it gives the poor connectivity of high-speed broadband. As per Indian Railways, over 10 million people who pass through these railway stations every day now have an access to fast Internet which lets them stream, research and download.

Google’s free WiFi for over 400 Indian Railways stations is one of the biggest projects that will give a major push to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Digital India’ initiative. As per Google, over five million people in the country are latching onto its free Internet service every month (about 1.7 lakh people every day). Of this, 15,000 people are accessing the Internet for the first time in their lives every day, the company said. That’s a whole lot of users.

Railway Wifi

Mumbai Central, a railway station in Mumbai became the first railway station in the country in January 2016 to offer free Wi-Fi facility. Railways then continued with connecting all busy stations like Bhubaneswar, Bangalore, Howrah, Kanpur, Mathura, Aligarh, Barelli and Varanasi stations with the free internet service at rail premises. The Indian Railways continued connecting other busy stations such with the free Internet service. With Larsen and Toubro, RailTel and Pune Smart City, Google brings high-speed public Wi-Fi to Pune as part of the Smart City Project.


Statewise Status of Station Wi-Fi:

State/UT UTCommissioned StationsComing Soon
1.Andhra PradeshTirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Guntur,Palasa, Rajahmundry, Kakinada Town, Nellore, Srikakulam Road, Bhimavaram Town, Samalkot Jn., Eluru, SatyaSai Prashanti Nilayam & VizianagaramAnakapalle, Cuddapah, Guntakal Jn., Renigunta,Tenali Jn., Tuni
2.AssamGuwahati, LumdingBarpeta Road, Jorhat Town, Kamakhya, New Bongaigaon, Rangiya Jn., Silchar, Tinsukia
3.BiharPatna, Hajipur, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Danapur, Mokama, Darbhanga, Chhapra & BhagalpurAnugraha Narayan Road, Bapudham Motihari, Barauni Jn., Betiah, Dehri-On-Sone, Jamui, Katihar Jn, Khagaria Jn., Kiul Jn., Madhubani, Patna Sahib Jn., Samastipur Jn., Siwan Jn.,
4.ChandigarhChandigarh
5.ChhattisgarhRaipur, Bilaspur & DurgBhilai Power House, Champa Jn., Raigarh, Rajnandgaon
6.GujaratSurat, Ahmedabad, Viramgam, Gandhidham, Vadodara & RajkotJamnagar, Mahesana, Palanpur
7.HaryanaAmbala Cantt., Karnal, Rohtak, Panipat,Gurugram,Hisar, Jagadhri, Kalka, Rewari, Sonipat
8.Himachal PradeshSolan, Shimla
9.Jammu and KashmirJammu Tawi
10.JharkhandRanchi, Dhanbad Jn., Jasidih Jn. & TatanagarGomoh Jn., Koderma, Parashnath
11.KarnatakaBangalore City, Bangarpet, Mangalore Central, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mysore & Yesvantpur (Bangalore)Bangalore Cantt.,Belgaum, Davangere, Dharwad, Kengeri, Krishnarajapuram, Mangalore Jn., Shimoga Town
12.KeralaErnakulam Jn, Thiruvananthapuram Central, Thrissur, Kollam Jn & KozhikodeErnakulam Town, Kanhangad, Kannur, Kottayam, Palakkad Jn., Shoranur Jn., Tiruvalla, Vadakara
13.Madhya PradeshUjjain, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Singrauli, Itarsi, Gwalior & IndoreBina, Damoh, Habibganj, Hoshangabad, Katni, Maihar, Pipariya, Ratlam, Rewa, Satna, Saugor, Vidisha
14.MaharashtraMumbai Central, Churchgate, Bandra, Bandra Terminus, Dadar (WR), Dadar (CR), Khar Road, Kalyan, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Byculla, Panvel, Thane, Borivali, Kurla, Andheri, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Belapur, Vashi, Dombivli, Chembur, , Vasai, Virar, Bhyander, Ghatkopar, Daund, Sainagar Sirdi, Pune, Mulund, Kurduwadi, Nagpur, Kopargaon, Badnera, Solapur, Akola & AurangabadBadlapur, Ballarshah, Bhusawal, Gondia, Jalgaon, Lonavala, Manmad, Miraj, Nasik Road, Vadala Road, Wardha
15.NagalandDimapur
16.DelhiHazarat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar Terminus, Delhi Cantt., Delhi Shahadra, New Delhi & Delhi JnDelhi Sarai Rohilla
17.OdishaBhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Berhampur, Khurda Road, Rourkela, Rayagada, Jajpur-Keonjhar Road,Jharsuguda, Balasore, Bhadrak & Puri
18.PunjabJalandhar City, Amritsar & LudhianaBathinda Jn., Beas, Firozpur Cantt., Pathankot, Sirhind Jn.
19.RajasthanJaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur City, Falna, Kota, Abu road, Marwar Jn. & JodhpurAlwar, Bharatpur, Bikaner,Hanumangarh Jn., Rani, Jaisalmer,, Pali Marwar, Phulera, Sawai Madhopur
20.Tamil NaduMadurai, Coimbatore, Chennai Egmore, Tambaram, Arakkonam Jn., Tiruchchirappalli, Chennai Central, Udagamandalam (Ooty), Chengalpattu Jn., Coonoor, Rameswaram, Villupuram Jn., Jolarpettai Jn, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur Jn, Katpadi & MettupalayamDindigul Jn, Erode Jn,, Kanniyakumari, Karur Jn.,Kovilpatti, Salem Jn, Virudhunagar Jn
21.TelanganaKacheguda, Khammam, Secunderabad, Hyderabad & WarangalKazipet Jn.,Manchiryal, Ssp Nilayam
22.Uttar PradeshJhansi, Lucknow, Lucknow Jn., Ayodhya, Mughalsarai Jn., Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Aligarh, Gonda Jn., Bareilly, Kanpur, Mathura, Varanasi, Agra Cantt., Ghazipur City, Bhadohi, Muzaffarnagar, Pratapgarh, Etawah, Saharanpur Jn., Moradabad, Mirzapur, Tundla, Janghai, Meerut City,Phaphund, Ghaziabad, BarabankiAzamgarh, Ballia, Basti, Belthara Road, Chitrakutdham Karwi, Deoria Sadar, Fatehpur, Hapur, Jaunpur, Mau Jn., Rae – Bareli Jn., Rampur, Shahjahanpur
23.Uttarakhand / UttranchalDehradun, HaridwarKathgodam, Roorkee
24.West BengalSealdah, Kharagpur, Asansol, Barddhaman, Digha, Rampurhat, New Jalpaiguri, Malda Town, Howrah, Durgapur, Darjeeling, Siliguri Jn, Naihati Jn., New Farakka & GhoomAlipurduar Junction, Kolkata Terminal, Shalimar

RailTel has taken a lead in providing fast Wi-Fi for the use of passengers. It roped in Google as the technology partner for setting up fast Wi-Fi network initially covering 400 stations for providing fast Wi-Fi to millions of passengers every day. Wi-Fi services to passengers are being provided under ‘Railwire’, the retail Broadband distribution model of RailTel. Railwire Wi-Fi will be available to any user who has a working mobile connection on a smartphone. RailTel provides high-speed end to end network connectivity on Fiber, Google shall be providing the Radio Access Network along with Technology support.