Jharkhand Current Affairs - 2019

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Jharkhand’s Mahuamilan station becomes country’s 5500th station to get free wifi facility

Jharkhand’s Mahuamilan station which comes under East Central Railway (ECZ) zone has become 5500th station to get free wifi facility. The RailTel Corporation of India Ltd. (RCIL), the digital arm of Indian Railways, has thus provided free WiFi at 5,500 stations across country. RailTel is a ‘Miniratna’ enterprise that focuses on providing broadband and VPN services.

WiFi across India

Indian Railways began the service of providing free WiFi at its railway stations from January 2016. The mission was to provide WiFi at all railway stations (except the halt ones). For this purpose of providing WiFi, RailTel roped in partners including Tata Trust, Google, PGCIL (Power Grid Corporation of India Limited) for some parts of the project. It also got funding from Department of Telecom USOF (Universal Service Obligation Fund) for 200 stations.

The first station covered was Mumbai Central station, Maharashtra and in a span of 46 months RailTel has extended service to 5,500 stations across country. WiFi is being provided under brand name ‘Railwire’– the retail broadband service of RailTel. In October 2019 a total of 1.5 crore user logins in RailWire Wi-Fi services across all stations recorded a consumption of 10242TB data.

PM inaugurates Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal at Sahibganj

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s second Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal (built at Sahibganj) online from Ranchi, Jharkhand. He also laid the foundation of a secretariat building in the state capital (Ranchi) which will come up at an estimated cost of Rs.1238.92 crore.

About Multi-Modal Cargo Terminal at Sahibganj

This is the 2nd of three Multi Modal Terminals (MMTs) being constructed on river Ganga under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). In November 2018, PM Modi inaugurated first MMT at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

The Rs.290 crore multi-modal cargo terminal has been built by Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) on River Ganga at Sahibganj.

It will have a cargo storing capacity of 3 million tonne (MT) per year, a stockyard and parking and berthing space for two vessels.

Government has also planned an investment of Rs.376 crores for capacity enhancement in Phase-II to 54.8 lakh tonnes per annum. The development in Phase II will be entirely made by private concessionaire, under public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

Importance:

It will open up industries of Jharkhand and Bihar to global market and provide Indo-Nepal cargo connectivity through waterways route.

It will play an important role in transportation of domestic coal from local mines located in Rajmahal area (in Sahibganj district) to other thermal power plants located along National Waterway-1 (NW-1).

Cargo to be transported from terminal includes coal, stone chips, fertilisers, cement and sugar.

The convergence of Road-Rail-River Transport at Sahibganj through the new Multi Modal Terminals will connect this part of hinterland to Haldia (in Kolkata), to North-East states via Bangladesh by river-sea route and further to Bay of Bengal.