500 hotspots in Mumbai to get WiFi by November

500 hotspots in Mumbai to get WiFi by November
Gateway of India is one of the locations for WiFi hotspot. Picture Courtesy: Mumbainet.com

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday announced the WiFi rollout plan for the hotspots in the city.

While speaking at the launch event at Shanmukhananda Hall on Sunday, Fadnavis said, “Almost 500 hotspots in the city would be provided with WiFi by November this year, and the rest of the 1,200 will be covered by May 1, 2017.”

The State’s Information Technology department is working with respective civic bodies for the project’s implementation.

Gateway of India, Chowpatty, Churchgate, CST, Bandra Railway Station, Hanging Gardens and Horniman Circle are some of the locations that have been handpicked for the installation of hotspots.

Under the project, WiFi will be made available at all prominent tourist destination and public places in the city.

In future, the WiFi network will also be used for smart parking and smart transportation, by providing realtime updates on the routes and available capacity of the various modes of public transport in the city.

The introduction of hotspots in Mumbai is in sync with the government’s vision of making Maharashtra the country’s first digital state. Post Mumbai, the facility will be expanded to tier II cities and other villages.

Apart from announcing the rollout plan for hotspots, Fadnavis also launched Mumbai’s city-wide CCTV network.

The near Rs 1,000 crore surveillance network is the most extensive security project the city police has undertaken till date.

A total of 4,717 CCTV cameras across 1,510 locations, covering almost 80 percent of the city, were inaugurated. Other than fixed cameras, 5 mobile surveillance vans were also inducted for patrolling city streets.

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