Railway Budget 2016-17: 400 Railway Stations to get Wi-Fi!

New Delhi: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu presented the Railway Budget at the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The minister proposed to commission Wi-Fi services at 100 stations this year and at 400 more stations in the next two years.

He said that Indian Railways through its Telecom PSU – RailTel, has partnered with Google in this endeavour and the works are already awarded by RailTel/Google on Tech Mahindra for implementation of Wi-Fi at nominated Railway Stations.  Currently the works are going in considerably good pace, he said.

This year, an application of Track Management System was launched.

With this, activities of track inspection, monitoring and maintenance have thus been switched over to an IT platform, and automatic alerts in the form of short messaging service and e-mails are being generated.

Inventory Management module of TMS has resulted in inventory reduction by 27,000 MT resulting in saving of Rs 64 crore (Rs 640 million) and scrap identification of 22,000 MT equivalent to Rs 53 crore (Rs 530 million).

During 2016-17, this system will be implemented on entire Indian Railways.

Indian Railways has developed an application for maintaining centralised land data, and records of all land holdings over Indian Railways have been digitised.

Facilities such as ticketing, grievance redressal, etc. will be integrated into two mobile applications; one dealing with all ticketing issues and the other for receipt and redressal of complaints and suggestions related to all our services.

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