The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) supremo and Delhi chief minister, Aravind Kejriwal has promised to make WiFi freely available in public places across Delhi.
His statements regarding this were, “Citywide WiFi can help in bridging the digital divide. It will also provide an impetus to education, entrepreneurship, business, employment and also tie in with women’s safety initiatives”.
Such statements aren’t new and such promises have been made by the party for years now regarding the same. There has been no initiative from their side and it has merely become a way to woo voters or to create headlines.
Over the past 3 years, starting from February 2016, the Delhi government has continuously failed to start working on the project. This time the CM has announced the installation of 11000 WiFi hotspots in the city.
These hotspots will give free access to 15 gigabytes of data to users within 50 meters radius with a maximum speed of 200Mbps across 4000 bus stops and other locations such as parks, markets, and government premises.
After missing the deadline several times earlier, the AAP’s forerunner project is expected to start later this year around the same time the assembly polls are expected to be announced and the deadline for the project would be September 2020 with the tender being awarded by December this year.
Whether the project starts as expected or not is yet to be seen with the tenure of Kejriwal government coming to an end on February 2020.