ITANAGAR, May 8: Much to the delight of railway commuters, the Naharlagun Railway Station is now equipped with free WiFi facility with the launching of high speed free WiFi by the Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein today.
Mein in his inaugural speech said, “the launching of free WiFi is another step towards digital connectivity” and added that it would fill the digital divide of the country and contribute towards fulfillment of Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative.
Citing this initiative as just the beginning of digital connectivity in the State, he informed that under BharatNet project, executed by RailTel with the full support of Arunachal Pradesh government, most of the district, blocks, circles and gram panchayats will be connected with high speed internet very soon which will further bridge the gap of digital divide and will enhance the services of e-governance, e-education, e-medical etc. for the betterment of the people, Mein said. He assured to extend all possible support to the ongoing project work for development of infrastructure and betterment of the people of the State.
He added that the enhanced digital connectivity will further facilitate smooth implementation of GST in the State and informed that after the implementation of GST, revenue collection of the State has also increased.
He further stated that with the railway line coming up in various parts of the State viz. at Pasighat, Roing, Tezu, Parashuram Kund, Namsai, Tirap & Changlang Districts and Aalo & Tawang in the pipeline for which the survey works are going on and with the operation of fixed wing aircrafts at Advanced Landing Grounds at Pasighat & Tezu followed by ALGs at Ziro & Mechuka, there will be tremendous improvement in the connectivity in all sectors. He exuded hope that with these improvements in the connectivity, tourist flow will also increase in the State.
Parliamentary Secretary for PWD & UD, Techi Kaso while lauding the initiative requested the Dept. of IT & Communication, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh and Govt. of India that whenever such projects are launched it should also be extended to the nearby villages for the larger benefit of the local population. He said that since the local villages nearby mostly consists of the land donors for the Railways, employment opportunities should also be given to them.
DC Capital Complex cum Special Secretary for IT, Prince Dhawan informed that the government is focusing on improving digital connectivity and employing all means to expand connectivity up to village level. He also informed that 407 GP will have Internet connectivity by the end of December 2018 and 100 GPs will be connected by fibre by AirJaldi. He further said that Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology will be brought-in in the State to connect the remote locations and the main focus is on using RailWire for fibre based connectivity.
Assistant Divisional Railway Manager, Santosh Kumar Sharma and DGM RailTel, Prakash Ratray while speaking on the occasion informed that the launching of free Wi-Fi at Railway Station is part of the Indian Railways initiative to provide free WiFi facility to Rail users at major Railway stations.
And under this initiative, RailTel has taken the lead and is providing Wi-Fi services at 400 A1 & A category Stations across the country in technology partnership with Google in which WiFi services on more than 200 Railway stations have already been formally inaugurated.
With this free Wi-Fi facility, railway passengers can remain connected while waiting for the train. They can also use this facility for streaming High Density Videos, do their office work online, downloading new games for their journey, downloading movies, researching their destination etc.
One can connect to the free Wi-Fi by registering their mobile number at Wi-Fi network ‘Railwire’ and by entering the four digits number password sent to their mobile number.