Date of Post: 29 Aug, 2018
New Delhi: Around 6,000 railway stations will be WiFi-enabled in the next 6-8 months, Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday. The railways was focusing on smarter project implementation, speaking at the Smart Railways Conclave 2018 organised by FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry), Goyal said.
- He said,“The railways is working on a programme to ensure the last mile connectivity wherever we do not have fibre optics in our network. We are hopeful that in the next 6 to 8 months, all railway stations, other than the halt stations, about 6,000 stations will be WiFi-enabled.”
- On punctuality of trains, Goyal said that between April 1 and today, punctuality has improved to 73-74% as the railways has made a change by replacing the manual recording of time by station masters with data loggers placed at interchange points across the network that ensure computer generated time.
- He said,“We are working on putting a GPS device on every locomotive so that we will have every train marked on mobile phone, knowing exactly where they are.”
- The railways was embarking on making itself efficient in a big way which will save USD 2 billion every year, which otherwise would have to be passed on to the passengers, he also said.
- On the occasion, the minister and other dignitaries released two knowledge papers, namely ‘FICCI-EY Report on Make in India in Railways Sector’ and ‘FICCI-AT Kearney Report on Technology: Transforming Railways Transportation’.
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