Free WiFi in the national capital was a key promise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)
Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: According to the Delhi Governments Officials, Satyendar Jain, minister of the Public Works Department (PWD) proposed an idea for creating free Wi-Fi Hotspots around the city instead of handing out free Internet vouchers to the city.
Was considered a key poll promise of the AAP party during the 2015 assembly elections. An AAP Member said that the promise of free Wi-Fi promise was pending for so long since it was transferred from one apartment to the next, showing it’s importance since it helps gather part support, especially from the youth and working class.
Senior officials of the PWD that anchors the project, government favors a hot spot model since it’s cheaper than the other models. Department had considered three possible models for the project which were:-
- Creating high speed hot spot zones across the city.
- Giving free Wi-Fi vouchers with data limit.
- Through optical fibre cables to all Households.
Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM, had set aside a fund of Rs.100 crore for the free Wi-Fi scheme and handed it over to the PWD from the IT Department to excel the work. At first the PWD said they wouldn’t execute the project due to “lack of expertise” and “scarcity of staff”, but later they agreed to implement the plan. However the project became lukewarm due to complaints of poor network.