A telecom giant has proposed to turn all bus stops within Uttarakhand capital into WiFi zones, said city mayor Vinod Chamoli on Monday.
Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Ltd, had submitted the proposal to the Dehradun Municipal Corporation last week, he said.
The corporation has set up 32 modern bus stops in the city since September 2013 and was now busy evaluating the details and conditions before sealing the deal with the telecom major. The civic body has already approved the firm’s proposal to set up WiFi facility on the corporation premises, Chamoli said, adding that the move was a giant step towards making Doon a smart city.
The good thing is that the telecom firm has agreed to initially provide a free WifFi service at the stops for a few months. Later on, it might make it rental, he said.
A company official, on condition of anonymity, said, “We should be able to install WiFi equipment at the bus stops within two months after we receive the required go-ahead from the DMC.”
The mayor said, “Internet connectivity has become an important feature today and we want to make the facility available to as many people as possible through this plan.” Municipal commissioner Nitin Singh Bhadauria said the firm would soon begin installing equipment on the corporation premises to make it a WiFi zone. “The bus shelter plan will be taken forward once the DMC has been Wifi-ed,” Bhadauria said.
Welcoming the plan of WiFi bus stops, Deepika Kandwal, a commerce student, who goes to college by bus everyday, said, “The plan, if implemented well, will definitely help people, especially the students like me.”
However, a section of corporators, said that the civic body should rather focus on improving the derailed garbage disposal system first. “Introducing a WiFi facility is indeed a great step but I guess there are other priorities. The garbage disposal system needs to be taken care of promptly,” said Anita Singh, corporator of ward Patelnagar.