GUWAHATI, Sept 29 - The Guwahati Railway Station will be among the 100 railway stations across the country where global search engine giant Google will provide high speed internet services by end of 2016.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ongoing US trip, Google CEO Sundar Pichai had announced a proposal for introduction of broadband connectivity, through Wi-Fi hotspots, at 100 railway stations initially and then expand the service to 400 more stations across India.
Sources said the Guwahati Railway Station is among the 100 stations where the high-speed internet service will be rolled out in the first phase.
Modi had visited the headquarters of Google earlier this week and held talks with Pichai.
The WiFi services will be provided to support the Prime Minister�s �Digital India� campaign.
Once the service is rolled out it is expected to benefit crores of people who pass through railway stations in India every day.
�This will be a great benefit not only for the railway users but also for the entire Indian Railways system. The Guwahati Railway Station is the biggest rail station in the North-east and the service will benefit thousands of passengers daily,� said an official.
Already, the Indian Railways is working on increasing use of digital solutions in the region.
The Railway Interactive Security Solutions for Travellers Assistance (RISSTA) is being implemented in the Guwahati-Kamakhya-Chaparmukh section.
The Railway Mobile Internet Tracking Response and Assistance which is working in other railway zones will be implemented in the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) zone very shortly.
This App is intended to help passengers in distress to send signal with the press of a button. The App has the ability to track the senders and provide information to authorities for rendering quick help.