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Smart and Wi-Fi Railway Stations

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
19-December-2018 17:59 IST

Smart Railway Stations 

An MoU between Rail Land Development Authority (RLDA) and National Building Construction Corporation Ltd. has been signed on 30.06.2017 for redevelopment of 10 stations viz. Tirupati, Delhi Sarai Rohilla, Nellore, Madgaon, Charbagh (Lucknow), Gomtinagar, Kota, Thane New, Ernakulam Jn. and Puducherry as a part of the SMART City project launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Contracts have been awarded for redevelopment of Gomtinagar and Charbagh (Lucknow) railway stations. Bids have been invited for redevelopment of Puducherry and Tirupati stations.

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Station redevelopment is planned by leveraging commercial development of land & air space in and around stations, i.e. vacant railway land and air space not required by Railways for its immediate operational needs shall be leased out to interested parties for setting up commercial establishments.

The revenues realized from commercial development of stations should be sufficient to at least cover the entire cost of station redevelopment after meeting the full expenditure on real estate development and Maintenance obligations, i.e. station redevelopment project would be cost neutral to Railways.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

Press Information Bureau 
Government of India
Ministry of Railways
19-December-2018 17:58 IST

Wi-Fi at Railway Stations 

Wi-Fi services have been provided at 715 no. of railway stations as on 14.12.2018. Wi-Fi services are proposed to be provided on 5734 railway stations. RailTel Corporation of India Limited (RCIL), a Public Sector Undertaking under Ministry of Railways has entered into an agreement with M/s. Mahataa Information India Private Limited (M/s. MIIPL), an Indian subsidiary of Google Inc. for providing free Wi-Fi at 438 A1 and A category stations. The complete cost has been shared by RCIL and MIIPL. RCIL has also entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF) / Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications for providing Wi-Fi services at 200 rural railway stations.
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Free mobile Wi-Fi services at 715 railway stations have been used by 1.3 million unique users till the month of October 2018.

The cost of providing Wi-Fi at 438 stations where RCIL has entered into agreement with M/s. MIIPL is shared by RCIL & M/s. MIIPL and no fund has been provided by Government. However, the cost of providing Wi-Fi at 200 rural stations where RCIL has entered into an agreement with Ministry of Communications, the funds of ₹ 27.77 Crore have been provided by Ministry of Communications under USOF.
List of Stations (State-wise) where Wi-Fi Internet Facility is planned:-
S.No.
Name of State
No. of Stations
1.
Andhra Pradesh
449
2.
Arunachal Pradesh
02
3.
Assam
225
4.
Bihar
366
5.
Chhattisgarh
109
6.
Delhi
25
7.
Goa
06
8.
Gujarat
352
9.
Haryana
117
10.
Himachal Pradesh
42
11.
Jammu & Kashmir
29
12.
Jharkhand
191
13.
Karnataka
159
14.
Kerala
110
15.
Madhya Pradesh
363
16.
Maharashtra
489
17.
Manipur
02
18.
Meghalaya
02
19.
Mizoram
01
20.
Nagaland
02
21.
Odisha
207
22.
Puducherry
03
23.
Punjab
211
24.
Rajasthan
453
25.
Tamilnadu
428
26.
Telangana
10
27.
Tripura
12
28.
Uttar Pradesh
785
29.
Uttarakhand
19
30.
West Bengal
565
Total
5734
This information was given by the Minister of State of Railways, Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.
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