Mumbai in Maharashtra was the first in the country to be provided Wi-Fi facility at a railway station

Indian Railways has now commissioned Wi-Fi facilities at 6,000 railway stations across the country with Hazaribagh Town in Jharkhand joining the list on Saturday.

Hazaribagh Town station is in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh district and comes under the Dhanbad Division of East Central Railway.

In January 2016, Mumbai in Maharashtra became the first in the country to be provided Wi-Fi facility at a station by the Indian Railways.

Midanpore in West Bengal was the 5000th railway station to get Wi-Fi.

While Hazaribagh became the 6000th such railway station, Jarapada station in Odisha's Angul district was also equipped with Wi-Fi the same day.

The Wi-Fi facility at railway stations meets the objectives of the Digital India Program of Government of India.

"This will bridge the digital divide between the rural and urban citizens thereby increasing the digital footprint in the rural villages and also enhance the user experience," the Ministry of Railways said.

Wi-Fi facilities are provided at railway stations on a self-sustainable basis with no cost to the Indian Railways.

This facility was provided with the help of RailTel, a PSU under the Ministry of Railways. This task was carried out in partnership with Google, DOT (under USOF), PGCIL and Tata Trust.