Sorry, No WiFi In Trains! Indian Railways Won’t Offer WiFi In Trains Now (But Why?)
The government informed Parliament on Wednesday that the Indian Railways had “dropped” a project to give internet access in trains because it was not cost-effective.
Why Indian Railways Dropped The Project Of WiFi Service In Trains?
Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated in a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha that a Wi-Fi-based internet service was offered onboard the Howrah Rajdhani Express train as a test project using satellite communication technology.
“This technology was capital intensive with recurring costs in the form of bandwidth charges and thus, was not cost-effective. Also, the internet bandwidth available to passengers was inadequate”.
“Hence, the project was dropped. At present, suitable cost-effective technology for provision of Wi-Fi-based internet services in trains is not available,” he said.
Video Surveillance System At All Railway Stations
The minister has also informed the Parliament that works have been approved for the provision of a Video Surveillance System at all railway stations except halt railway stations.
As of now, 814 stations have been equipped with CCTVs. Also, works for the installation of CCTVs in all coaches including EMUs as well as passenger trains have been approved.
Till now, CCTVs have already been provided in as many as 4,141 coaches, he said.