After the successful completion of the free WiFi project for 100 railway stations, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu wants to have another 200 stations to go WiFi by 2017.
“More trains would also be provided with Wi-Fi next year,” Prabhu said. “The objective is to have Wi-Fi facility in all railway stations in small cities and towns,” he added. The Minister said steps were also on to construct escalators in stations.
At a function in Thiruvantapuram, the railway minster said, the target is to “double the number” by next year. He also welcomed the Kerala government’s decision to sign a Joint Venture with Railways for development projects in the state. He stated that the merger would lead to cohesive development in the state. About the resources spent he stated that it would be in addition to the funds earmarked in the railway budget.
Prabhu admitted that there was a lack of railway investment in Kerala, and stated that NDA is rooting to reverse this trend. Referring to remittances to the state from Non-Resident Keralites, he said even they could invest in railway projects. “They can develop a railway station”, he said, adding that the key objective was to join hands for development.
Among the presence of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and G Sudhakaran (PWD minister), Prabhu said that the Railways is also looking into the possibility of converting its hospitals to medical college hospitals.