Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu today launched the free public Wi-Fi service at the Mumbai Central Station, heralding a new beginning in Railway passenger amenities. The service has been rolled out by RailTel in collaboration with Google.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Suresh Prabhu said, the Railway Ministry has accorded high priority to improving passenger amenities at all railway stations. He said the proposal to provide Wi-Fi services was first announced in the Railway Budget last year. “The project got a boost when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi visited Google Inc’s headquarters in California and the subsequent meeting of Google CEO Sunder Pichai with the PM in New Delhi” Shri Prabhu added.
The Minister said, free Public Wi-Fi facility will be made available in 100 of the busiest stations of Indian Railway and later on extended to 400 stations.
The RailWire Public Wi-Fi system is accessible by all Wi-Fi enabled smartphones. Users will have to visit Wi-Fi section in their phones and select the RailWire network. A four digit OTP (One Time Password) will be sent via SMS and upon entering the code they can log in to the free public Wi-Fi.
Wi-Fi services will soon be available at Bandra Terminus and Surat under the Mumbai Division and also at Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Indore stations of Western Railway.