The newly formed Delhi government has reportedly begun talks with IT majors and social networking giants like Facebook to offer free Wi-Fi in the Capital of India. The entire project will cost around Rs 1,500-2,000 million, according to sources.
Aam Aadmi Party volunteers have begun the initial talks as many of them are holding senior positions in several IT companies. In this way, it will be easy for bureaucrats to implement the free Wi-Fi facility in the city. As a party volunteer said, they already have undergone a round of discussion with Facebook as the company has installed a free Wi-Fi service in Mumbai.
Apart from Facebook, they are also planning to hold talks with other companies as well so that the best deals can be offered. The volunteers have informed that the free service will come with an advertisement for thirty seconds, a feature which will help the Delhi government earn Rs 1,000 million. The volunteers are also not sure whether chief minister Arvind Kejriwal will agree to this proposition to add the advertisement or not. But they will try to persuade the CM by explaining all the benefits of this feature.
In its manifesto ahead of the election, the party promised to offer free Wi-Fi across Delhi for first 30 minutes and after that users have to pay for the services. The party also has plans to launch a mobile application for women’s security, who can press the button while in distress and ask for police help. Internet is being seen as a vital part of governance and a free Wi-Fi service will boost the government’s initiatives.