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Nallapuraju Adarsh Varma, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
The world is evolving continuously with the help of digitalization. It is said that “Dreams come true if you believe in them…” The Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu proved it by launching a free high-speed public Wi-Fi service in collaboration with the technology giant Google at Mumbai Central on Friday which is the first station in the country to get such facility.
The facility has been termed as “world class” and 100 busiest railway stations across the country will be provided with the Google Wi-Fi connectivity within one year making it the world’s largest project. The Railway Minister has also mentioned that his ministry along with the Google Wi-Fi is trying to ensure a better customer experience for all the travelers who prefer Indian Railways to travel.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai had first announced this project of providing Google’s free Wi-Fi at the railway stations in India when PM Modi had visited the Google campus in Mountain View, California in September. Under the project, Google plans to provide free and high-speed Wi-Fi access to railway passengers at over 400 stations in India.
While addressing a gathering comprising of the senior railway officials, Google executives and passengers at the suburban railway station, the Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that he had vowed to improve ailing condition of Indian Railway, and launching a free Wi-Fi at Mumbai Central Station is one giant step towards the improvement of the Indian Railways. He also mentioned that his government was trying hard to develop sustainable infrastructure and to improve the safety and security of the passengers and to bring a financial stability to the entity.
He said that “Bringing affordable Internet access to millions of people is an important part of making internet both easily accessible and useful for more than 300 million Indians who are already online, and the nearly one billion more who are not,”.
Google has partnered with Railtel Corporation to implement this project of providing the connectivity to the railway stations across country. Google has also mentioned in a statement that the next four stations where Wi-Fi facility is going to be provided soon are Allahabad, Patna, Jaipur and Ranchi.
With the implementation of a free Wi-Fi at the railway station is like making your dream come true in the real life.