By NewsGram Staff Writer
New Delhi: As a part of the Digital India initiative, Google announced its collaboration with Indian Railways to provide Wi-Fi services to 500 railway stations. The news came after the Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the Google headquarters.
Modi participated in Hackathon, under which its employees sat for 15 hours straight to devise Apps which could be used by the common man in India.
Earlier, Google CEO Sundar Pichai of Indian origin had announced the search engine giant’s initiative to provide Internet services to 100 railway stations in India initially and then expand it by 400 more by next year.
Pointing out the fact that the length of the Indian Railways is twice the distance between Earth and Moon, Pichai noted that 25 million people ride the Indian railways daily, which has 7500 stations. He also announced that Google will launch an Android app next month enabling users to type in 11 languages.
Noticing that technology has given new power to democracy, Modi urged Google employees to look for solutions to problems like poverty.
“Today, everybody spends maximum time on the Internet… even when a child asks his mother to give him milk, she says ‘wait, first let me forward this WhatsApp’,” Modi said, evoking laughter all around.
Pichai acknowledged India’s hunger for technology, which was reflected in India’s response to the launch of Google Chrome browser. India was the first country to adopt it in a major way.
Pichai explained navigational, safety and other uses of Street View and Google Earth to Modi.
Modi was also given a glimpse of Project Iris- a smart lens that measures glucose levels.
As his trademark, before leaving Google, Modi had a group photo with its top officials