Even though the city could not make it to the list first of 20 smart cities, but the UT administration has initiated steps to ensure that prominent spots in the city are smartly connected.
Tenders will be floated on Monday inviting vendors to set up internet facility using Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) technology at the Sector 17 Plaza, the Sukhna Lake and the IT Park. Under the project, 30-40 minutes of internet would be given for free and after this limit, consumers will have pay to be online.
Other modalities are being worked out to make the project — announced last year into reality.
In January, the administration had invited Expression of Interest (EoI) to which four telecom companies – BSNL, Connect, Reliance and Vodafone had expressed interest and then the decision was taken to float tenders.
These would be finalised by next month and the selected company would get about five weeks to initiate the project.
Entry to admn offices to be through cards
As part of the digital project of introducing Wi-Fi zones in the city, the selected company will also issue Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) cards to the administration employees.
The administration staff and officials will be able to enter only with the help of the RFID cards in the offices and the record rooms.
The staff will be issued these cards and gates will be installed for managing entry. The entry to record rooms would be regularised with the move and work would be streamlined.