The railways has “dropped” a mission to offer web connection in trains as a result of it was not price efficient, the federal government knowledgeable Parliament on Wednesday.
In a written reply to a query within the Lok Sabha, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated as a pilot mission, Wi-Fi primarily based web facility was offered within the Howrah Rajdhani Express prepare by satellite tv for pc communication expertise.
“This technology was capital intensive with recurring costs in the form of bandwidth charges and thus, was not cost effective. Also, the internet bandwidth availability 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 stated.
Former railway minister Piyush Goyal had stated in 2019 that the Centre is planning to offer WiFi providers in trains within the subsequent 4 to four-and-a-half years.
Currently, Wi-Fi facility is being offered by the Indian Railways at greater than 6,000 stations on a self-sustainable foundation with no price to the nationwide transporter. The facility is being supplied with the assistance of RailTel, a public sector endeavor (PSU) underneath the Ministry of Railways.
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