Mumbai Free Wifi to give 1200 wifi hotspots by 2017 to become a smart city

In a move to make Mumbai a smart city, the government of Maharashtra has taken a step to provide wifi hotspots in the city. “We are making Mumbai a wifi city by May 2017 with 1,200 hotspots at important places,” said Devendra Fadnavis during a debate on urban development in assembly.

The initial hotspots will be developed in areas that are frequented by tourists such as Gateway of India, Chowpatty. He also said that the hot spots are not the ones which do not connect at all, but those who have at least 20 MBPS speed. “When public wifi was installed, www would mean worldwide wait instead of World Wide Web, but this will not happen with our project,” he added.

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He also mentioned that of the total of 1,200 hotspots, 500 would be operational in the first phase by November 2016. He said that Mumbai Free Wifi would be used for smart parking and smart transportation by providing real-time updates.

This was another important step after the CCTV project towards making Mumbai a Smart City, he said.

Speaking on Mumbai-related issues, he said BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) would treat all the sewage water before it flows into the sea.

A project to generate electricity from the waste was being set up, Fadnavis said.

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Maharashtra government has signed MOU with HP for providing IT infrastructure in three smart cities and was going to invest Rs. 1,800 crore for it. An additional Rs. 4,000 crore had been made available for the development works in 44 AMRUT cities, Fadnavis said.

The chief minister of the state said that the government would not spare anyone who is corrupted. CM also added that corrective steps on waste management were taken after the Deonar (garbage) dumping fire ground incident in Mumbai