Free Wifi Faciltity: The Delhi government approved a proposal under which people will be able to avail free WiFi facility within the next three to four months. The Delhi cabinet gave its nod to AAP government’s ambitious scheme of providing free WiFi in the national capital.
Addressing a press conference after the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal aid free WiFi was one of the 70 promises his party had made ahead of the 2015 elections. He said people will also get 15GB data every month.
The Delhi chief minister said that the Cabinet approved the free WiFi proposal under which 11,000 hotspots will be set up across the city in the first phase. Seventy assembly constituencies will have 1,000 hotspots each while 4,000 hotspots will be set up at bus queue shelters.
Arvind Kejriwal said under the project, which will be executed under a Public-private partnership (PPP) model, WiFi with 200 mbps internet speed will be available within 50 metre radius of the hotspot. The government will provide Rs 100 crore for the project annually, he added.
He said one hotspot would provide free WiFi connectivity to around 200 persons simultaneously. Providing free WiFi facility was a pre-poll promise of the Aam Aadmi Party in the 2015 assembly elections.
“Every user will be given free 15GB data, which is, I think, the single biggest initiative of a government anywhere in the world. We will learn from the experience of the first phase of project and we will create more hotspots if required later,” Kejriwal told reporters. “It was our commitment to give free WiFi to Delhi and today we have fulfilled that,” Kejriwal said, adding that tenders will soon be floated and the work would begin in 3-4 months.
He said he was happy that the AAP has fulfilled its major election promise of providing free WiFi in the national capital.
“In the next three-four months, the Delhi government will start providing free WiFi to people. Our government will provide Rs 100 crore annually,” he said.
Asked about any misuse of government’s WiFi facilty, Kejriwal said adequate safeguard measures will be taken.
According to the government, the WiFI hotspots will be connected with CCTV cameras being installed under the AAP dispensation’s ambitious project.