Project Nilgiri – Google to provide Wi-fi at 500 Indian Railway Stations, the service will be using Google Fiber project, popularly known to provide fast broadband across US
PM Narendra Modi announced that Indian Railway and Google will partner by 2017 to provide free Wi-fi access at 500 Indian Railway Stations during his visit to Google HQ.
During the visit, PM Modi was shown various apps and latest research in Google and the most notable part was Google Earth where he was shown various Ghats of India.
In his short speech to the Google employees ( most of Google Employees are Indians ) Modi announced that “Indian Railways and Google will collaborate to provide wi-fi at 500 railway stations in India.”
Prior to this, Sundar Pichai said that Google will provide free wi-fi to 100 stations in the Pilot phase and later expand it to 500 stations.
Pichai, recalling his earlier days when he used to travel by Coromandal Express from Chennai to Kharagpur. Pichai noted that 25 million people travel every day through the Indian Railways, which has 7,500 stations and further added that ” length of Indian railway is almost double the distance between Earth and Moon “.
The depth of Indian Railway can be measured by the number of people travelling across India which is almost 25 million a day and covering 7500 Stations.