Global Search Giant Google is all set to collaborate with Indian Railways to install Wi-Fi connections at 400 Railway stations across India. Named as ‘Project Nilgiri’, Google has associated with RailTel, a public sector Unit of Indian Railways for infrastructure to initiate the project which makes use of Google’s Fibre Technology.
“We have been entrusted with the work,” RailTel Public Relation Manager Sucharita Pradhan told Deccan Herald. However, she denied disclosing the name of the company or companies, and said: “We are doing feasibility study at various locations at the moment.”
The Railway Board has assigned the responsibility to RailTel to complete the work within four months.
If everything goes expected, Wi-Fi facility will be available to the passengers in their mobiles with lightning speed for the first 30 minutes with no cost, after that it could be slower. If the users want to use the facility beyond 30 minutes, the user need to purchase scratch cards which are available at Wi-Fi desks at cost of Rs.25 for half an hour and valid for 24 hours.
The project will be completed in stages, as a part of 1st stage Wi-Fi hotspots are expected in 400 stations across the country.
According to RailTel officials, PSU is rolling out to enter broadband market as it has strong network across the country. Families who stays near the Rail Network will get broad band for affordable rates.