Tatanagar is chugging on technology tracks.
The only A1 station under Chakradharpur division of South Eastern Railway has recently made it to the list of 100 stations countrywide that will be equipped with wireless fidelity in the first phase of a Google gift to India.
DRM Rajendra Prasad said free wi-fi connectivity would be available to train passengers at Tatanagar six months from now and they would be able to download a high-definition movie within say four minutes before embarking on long journeys.
“The high-speed network is being offered by RailTel Corporation of India in association with Google. A total of 500 stations will be benefited under the wi-fi project of which some have got lucky in the first phase. The names of the 100 stations were announced on November 6. This includes Tatanagar,” the DRM said.
Railway sources said officials of RailTel Corporation, a PSU and one of the largest telecom infrastructure providers in the country, were expected to visit Tatanagar in the first week of December for an on-the-spot assessment.
With more than 300 million smartphone users in India today, it is said to be one of the largest nations for the Internet generation. And, it is not just about being online; it is about what one does when online. “People are continuously educating themselves, connecting with loved ones, creating and sharing videos. A wi-fi enabled Tatanagar will take this digital literacy further,” Prasad explained.
A few months ago, the Chotanagpur Passenger Association had approached the authorities of South Eastern Railway with their wi-fi request.
“An important railway junction on the Howrah-Mumbai line, Tatanagar witnesses a passenger footfall of 10,000 daily. Around 100 trains originate and run via the station, including the high-profile Rajdhani Express and Duronto. A sizeable number of corporate executives also travel on the route. Keeping all these things in mind, we had forwarded our request,” said A. Tiwary, a senior functionary of the association, welcoming the nod.
Via The Telegraph