Indian Railways raises its budget to provide Wi-Fi facility on trains. It has fixed a budget of 98.6 crore to provide Wi-Fi facility in 50 rakes of Rajdhani, Shatabdi & Duranto category of trains, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha informed Rajya Sabha.
In August 2014, it had estimated a budget of 55 crore for introducing Wi-Fi facility in these trains. Indian Railways had also mentioned that they will be using a cost effective technology, according to a report published by Medianama. The rise in the estimated budget has not been made clear as of now.
Indian Railways had already introduced Wi-Fi facility in 3 rakes of Howrah-New Delhi, Howrah Rajdhani Express as a pilot project, in April 2013 using satellite communication technology for continuous connectivity.
However, Railway Ministry suggested that this project should be discontinued because of negative returns.The ministry informed Modi that the cost of providing WiFi internet on proposed 50 rakes or trains was estimated at nearly Rs 100 crore, and there were not many users of this facility. Only about one-fourth of passengers were opting the service, as reported by The Indian Express.