All 15 Kashmir Valley Railway Stations to get public Wi-Fi Network


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All 15 Kashmir Valley Railway Stations, including Srinagar, have become a part of one the largest integrated public Wi-Fi network. They have been integrated with Indian Railways 6021 Station Wi-Fi Network, informed the Railways Ministry on July 18, 2021. 

The Wi-Fi Network is a public Wi-Fi, which is provided under the brand name of RailWire. It will now be available at 15 Railway stations in Kashmir Valley, spread across four district headquarters of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory-Srinagar, Budgaon, Banihal & Qazigund. 

The 15 Railway stations include- Srinagar, Baramula, Avantipura, Anantnag, Budgam, Pampore, Kakapora, Banihal, Sadura, Pattan, Hamre, Bijbehara, Panzgam, Qazigund and Mazhom.

What about the other stations in J&K?

Public wi-fi had already been made available at 15 stations in Jammu including-Jammu Tawi, Kathua, Budhi, Chhan Arorian, Ghagwal, Vijaypur, Hira Nagar, Samba, Bajalta, Bari Brahman, Ram Nagar, Sangar and Manwal.

It is a crucial step for Digital India mission: Piyush Goyal

Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said that “it is a crucial step for Digital India mission and will go a long way in connecting the unconnected.” The Minister continued by saying  “Wi-Fi plays a significant role in connecting the people, and is bridging the digital divide between rural and urban India at a rapid pace.”

The former Railways’ minister stated that the Indian Railways, in association with its RailTel Corporation of India Ltd, is playing a significant role in bringing high-speed Wi-Fi to every corner of the country. 

Significance

With this move, all the stations of Kashmir Valley now have public Wi-Fi, which is a crucial step for the Digital India mission and will go a long way in connecting the unconnected. This will serve as an added amenity for the people of the region and the country.

Any user with a smartphone with a working mobile connection for KYC considerations will be able to access the public Wi-Fi network. The move will also open up a world of opportunity for innovation and growth in the region. 

Background

The Ministry of Railways had given the responsibility to RailTel Corporation of India Ltd to provide public Wi-Fi at all Railway stations to bridge the stark digital divide between urban and rural India.  

The main vision is to convert the Railway platforms to platforms for digital inclusion in line with the central government’s digital India mission. 

The RailWire public Wi-Fi network is today spread across over 6000 Railway stations across the country. This is one of the largest integrated wi-fi networks in the world.

It is helping connect the unconnected as over 5000 stations integrated with this public Wi-Fi network are located in rural India with poor connectivity.





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