The eastern part of Delhi will become a high-speed Wi-Fi hub by the end of 2016, the Aam Aadmi Party ruling government announced on Friday. Delhiites in this region will get access to free internet up to a certain limit in more than 500 locations.
AAP leader Ashish Khetan, who is also the Vice Chairman of the government's advisory body, the Dialogue and Development Commission, made the announcement. According to Khetan, the data limit will be set according to the average daily usage of an individual defined by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Tenders for the project, which will be implemented by the IT department, will be floated soon.
"The Delhi government has prepared the Wi-Fi project, which is set to be the largest such project in the world. These 571 pre-identified locations will have 1,000 hotspot zones. Each hotspot zone will have three access points and will cater to around 120 people at a time," Khetan said. Plans are also being made to add 3,000 more access points later.
Besides, the government is also working on providing high-speed internet to every household. For this, the government has started laying down a common fibre-optic network across the city. The Public Works Department is looking after this project.