With just a few months to go for the Delhi assembly elections, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced that 11,000 WiFi hotspots will be installed across the city to ensure seamless Internet connectivity for its residents. Despite being a flagship project of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government, its WiFI project has missed several deadlines over the years.
Mr Kejriwal said his government has already cleared the proposal. “Delhi government fulfils its major election promise of providing free WiFi. Cabinet approves creation of 11,000 hotspots across Delhi. This is the single biggest initiative of a government anywhere in the world providing such a big number of free WiFi hotspots,” he tweeted.
The Delhi Chief Minister said that while 4,000 of these WiFi hotspots will be installed at bus stops, the other 7,000 will be distributed in the range of 100 per assembly constituency. “Every user will be given 15 GB free data per month as part of the first phase,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
AAP had first promised to ensure free availability of WiFi at public spaces across Delhi in its 2015 elections manifesto. “Citywide WiFi can help bridge the digital divide. It will also provide an impetus to education, entrepreneurship, business, employment, and also tie in with women’s safety initiatives,” it read.