MTNL, BSNL to provide free Wi-Fi at 100 tourist places
Isn’t finding an open WiFi everyone’s dream? The free internet comes in even more handy when you’re traveling and uploading about everything that catches your attention. In the social media age, your vacation is almost incomplete until you have Facebooked, Instagrammed or Snapchatted about all your experiences.
Considering this trend, MTNL and BSNL along with the Indian Union Tourism Ministry have decided to provide Wi-Fi facilities at 100 tourist destinations across the Indian sub-continent.
According to Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi, the current plan is to identify 100 tourist places
where the Wi-Fi service will be provided within the period of next six months. These 100 tourist places would also include world heritage sites.
MTNL and BSNL have been given the duty to provide the service for seven years, and the Indian Tourism Ministry will be looking after the operational cost for the initiative for the initial three years.
A decade hasn’t been taken by the Ministry on what will it charge the people for using the Wi-Fi service which is expected to be free for the first few minutes.
The Union Ministry has already started with this initiative and started providing Wi-Fi services at 30 popular tourist places in the country, which includes the Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, Trimula temple in Andhra Pradesh, Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh and the ghats of Varanasi.
With 30 locations already selected, the Tourism is working on adding another 70 popular tourist destinations on the list over the period of next six months so as to take the total tally to its goal 100 tourist places.
The initiative has been planned with a mission of enabling tourists with the power of uploading their photos and videos on all major social media platforms in real time.
India’s current government has decided to accord top priority to the country’s tourism as they understand that the sector reaps them huge amounts of money as foreign exchange, and provides employment to the youth and empowers women.