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Come 2016, the environs of Mahatma Gandhi Road and its surroundings will be wi-fi enabled facilitating netizens to browse Internet effortlessly.
The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has awarded the project to Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL).
Under the first phase, the ever-busy stretch from Benz Circle to Raghavaiah Park on Mahatma Gandhi Road along with Chief Minister’s and the Collector’s camp offices will be covered, according to officials.
They said the company has identified the alignment points and laid cables to roll out the project taken up on a pilot basis. The corporation will also be enabled with the wi-fi facility by laying a separate cable.
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is likely to launch the service.
“Once we get confirmation from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), we will finalise the date and launch the facility,” a senior official said.
He explained that an Internet speed ranging between 2 Mbps and 40 Mbps, depending on the usage, would be provided for Internet users.
According to the official, the corporation has selected M.G. Road to introduce the facility as the sstretch always teems with people who visit shopping complexes and eateries that have sprung up on either side of the road. “We are yet to decide on the duration of extending free wi-fi connectivity. We are hopeful of completing the process before the launch,” he said.
After collecting feedback, the facility will be extended to other prime areas in the city in a phased manner, the official added.
The company has paid Rs.20 lakh for laying cables on the M.G. Road.
The APSRTC has provided wi-fi connectivity to passengers at Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS) here.
The South Central Railway (SCR) has chalked out plans to introduce similar service at Vijayawada railway station shortly.
From: The Hindu