Free WiFi hotspots in city? Not really
Even as the government plans to activate 500 WiFi hotspots in Mumbai in November, the services won’t be free. While the data will be free for the first 30 minutes, you will have to pay Rs65 for 1GB data after that using the coupons that will be made available at various kiosks across the city.
“It will still be the cheapest. We plan to charge Rs65 for 1GB, for which private players charge Rs225,” said Vijay Kumar Gautam, principal secretary, department of Information and Technology (DIT), adding the coupons will be in the form of scratch cards with access code (or password).
But you will have to pay only after March 2017, until which you can access unlimited data.
The city is expected to get 1,200 hotspots with three-four access points each by May 2017 under the pilot project. Every access point is expected to cost the state approximately Rs2.50 lakh, pushing up the total cost to Rs125 crore. The department plans to use the poles installed for the CCTV surveillance project for its WiFi network. “We have installed 2,293 poles under the CCTV surveillance network project. They can be easily used to create 500 hotspots in the first phase,” said an official from Mantralaya.
In a first, the real estate and infrastructure projects awaiting coastal regulation zone (CRZ) nod has come down to zero, with the state’s coastal zone management authority hearing more than 200 proposals in a four-day meeting last month. A majority of them were cleared.
The list of projects cleared by the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) includes two new Metro lines for Mumbai, which will add 42.1km to Mumbai’s meagre metro rail network.
Satish Gavai, principal secretary, state environment department, said, “Around 220 proposals had piled up and the MCZMA cleared them all in a marathon meeting last month.”