In the last five years, Indian Railways has commissioned Wi-Fi at 6,000 railway stations in partnership with Google, DoT (under USOF), PGCIL, and Tata Trust.
Provision of Wi-Fi facilities at Railway stations is on a self sustainable basis with no cost to the Indian Railways. The Wi-Fi facility was provided to Indian Railways by RailTel, a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Railways.
With the commissioning of Wi-Fi at Hazaribagh Town falling under Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand state in Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway, Indian Railways has commissioned Wi-Fi at 6,000 railway stations.
In January 2016, Indian Railways started its Journey by providing Wi-Fi facility at Mumbai railway station. Thereafter, it provided 5,000th railway station at Midnapore in West Bengal and reached 6,000th railway station at Hazaribagh on 15th May, 2021. Also, on the same day Jarapada station in Angul district of state of Odisha was also provided with Wi-Fi.
The Wi-Fi facility at railway stations meets the objectives of the Digital India Program of Government of India as it bridges the digital divide between the rural and urban citizens thereby increasing the digital footprint in the rural villages and also enhancing the user experience.
Indian Railways is continuing to extend the Wi-Fi facility at far flung stations to connect the passengers and the general public with digital systems.