Delhi cabinet committee has approved Free Wi-Fi Scheme at public places in the national capital. This is one of the 70 promises made by the AAP party ahead of the 2015 assembly elections. It is going to be the largest free Wifi project running anywhere in the world. The tenders for Free Wi-Fi Scheme are soon going to be floated and work will begin in next 3 to 4 months.
The state govt. of Delhi has fulfilled its commitment to provide free wi-fi services to people at public places. The cabinet committee led by CM Arvind Kejriwal has also approved proposal to install an additional 1.4 lakh CCTV cameras across the city.
The expenditure finance committee of Delhi government had approved both the projects on 9 August 2019.
Delhi Free Wi-Fi Scheme 2019
Delhi govt. is going to create more than 11,000 hotspots across the city. All the users within the radius of 50 metres are going to access internet absolutely free of cost. Each user will get 15 GB data monthly at a speed of 200 mbps. At bus queue shelters, around 4,000 hotspots would be setup along with installation of 100 hot-spots at community places such as parks and mohalla clinics in each assembly constituency.
Around 150 to 200 users would be able to access internet concurrently at each hotspot. The state govt. will learn from its experience of 1st phase of Free Wi-Fi Scheme and will create more hotspots (if necessary) in subsequent phases. The Free Wifi project is going to be run on OpEx (operating expense) service model. The complete capital investment in setting up the infrastructure would be made by the vendor.
Delhi government will bear the operating cost of approx. Rs. 100 crore per annum. In order to check the misuse of Free Wi-Fi facility, CM said that the state govt. will ensure that adequate safety measures will be taken. Although most mobile phone users have internet access on their phones, youths are still asking questions on when they will start getting free Wi-Fi facility. So, the govt. is working hard to speed up the project.
The Wi-Fi hotspots are also going to be connected with the CCTV cameras being installed across the city. The response of general public regarding cameras is overwhelming positive. However, the BJP party has terme the announcement of providing free Wi-Fi and installation of additional CCTV cameras in 2nd phase as poll stunt.