Itanagar, May 9: Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein informed that under the BharatNet project, being executed by RailTel with the full support of State Government, most of the districts, blocks, circles and gram panchayats will be connected with high speed internet soon
Launching the high speed free Wi-Fi facility at Naharlagun railway station, Mein said that the BharatNet project would bridge the digital divide and enhance the services of e-governance, e-education, e-medical for betterment of people of the State.
“The launching of free Wi-Fi is another step towards digital connectivity,” he said while noting that it would boost the Prime Minister’s Digital India initiative.
He added that the enhanced digital connectivity would further facilitate smooth implementation of GST in the state. He informed that after the implementation of GST, revenue collection of the state has also increased.
Mein said, with the rail lines coming up in various parts of the state including Pasighat, Roing, Tezu, Parshuram Kund, Namsai, Tirap & Changlang districts with Aalo and Tawang projects in the pipeline for which survey works are going on along with the operation of fixed wing aircrafts at Advanced Landing Grounds at Pasighat and Tezu followed by Ziro and Mechuka ALGs, there would be tremendous improvement in connectivity in all sectors.
The Deputy Chief Minister exuded hope that with these improvements in the connectivity, tourist flow would also increase in the state.
PWD and UD Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso who, was also present on the occasion, while lauding the initiative, requested the state’s department of IT & Communication and the Centre that whenever such projects are launched it should also be extended to the nearby villages for the larger benefit of the local population.
He said that since the local villages nearby mostly consist of land donor for the railways, employment opportunities should also be given to them, an official report informed here today.
Capital Complex Prince Dhawan, who is also the Special Secretary (IT), informed that the government is focusing on improving digital connectivity and employing all means to expand connectivity up to village level.
He also informed that 407 gram panchayats (GPs) would have internet connectivity by the end of December 2018 and 100 GPs will be connected by fibre by AirJaldi.
He further said that Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) technology would be brought in the state to connect the remote locations and the main focus is on using RailWire for fibre based connectivity.
Assistant Divisional Railway Manager Santosh Kumar Sharma and RailTel DGM Prakash Ratray informed that the launching of free Wi-Fi at the railway station is a part of the Indian Railways initiative to provide free Wi-Fi facility to rail users at major railway stations.
Under this initiative, RailTel has taken the lead and is providing Wi-Fi services at 400 A1 and A category stations across the country in technology partnership with Google in which Wi-Fi services on more than 200 railway stations have already been formally inaugurated.
With this free Wi-Fi facility, railway passengers can remain connected while waiting for the train. They can also use this facility for streaming High Density videos, do their office work online, downloading new games for their journey, downloading movies and researching their destination.
One can connect to the free Wi-Fi by registering their mobile number at Wi-Fi network ‘Railwire’ and by entering the four digit number password to be sent to their mobile number, the report added.