WiFi project in Delhi to take off by December with activation of hotspots

The WiFi project was one of AAP’s key poll promises. (File)

Hotspots under the Delhi government’s WiFi project will gradually be activated from the first week of December, with a city-based company bagging the tender for the project which will cost the state around Rs 100 crore per year.

A senior official privy to the development said the PWD’s work advisory board is likely to accord its approval, which is required before commencement of work, within a week. The cabinet had cleared the project in August.

The WiFi project was one of AAP’s key poll promises. Under the approved project, 11,000 hotspots are supposed to be put up across public places in Delhi, including at 4,000 bus shelters.

Each hotspot will cover a radius of 50 metres, and up to 200 people will be able to simultaneously access the internet at such points.

“Installation of hotspots will begin by November-end or the first week of December. They will gradually be activated, instead of waiting for the completion of the entire installation work,” the official said.

Every unique user will be able to consume up to 15 GB data per month. However, the actual number of hotspots might be lesser as the tender document had said the numbers may vary “30 per cent on plus or minus side”.

The Delhi government will make payments to the firm executing the project following a ‘per hotspot per month’ model.