Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had promised to convert Delhi into a free Wi-Fi zone in his elections speech but even after years, it is still unfulfilled; on the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh has done it! The young CM has taken many steps to bridge the digital gap in the state and this initiative will be added to the already existing long list. The district of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh has become the first to provide free Wi-Fi.
The Public Works Department of Etawah worked to provide this facility to all under strict instructions of the Chief Minister. To inaugurate this service, there was a small ritual at the district’s famous Kali Vaahan Temple on Janmasthmi. In the first phase, the facility was started with the temple, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Park, and the PWD head office; slowly and steadily the service has been spread to every part of the district.
In Lucknow, Hazratganj was made the first free Wi-Fi area where the services were provided by an external service provider. But in Etawah, the service is provided by Akhilesh Government and the PWD. As per the reports, each tower transmits the signal to 150 metres and almost a 1000 people will be able to enjoy the facility from each tower at one time. The towers will be extended to more areas in a week’s time.
To ensure a fair distribution of the service, each user will be able to enjoy 45 minutes of sessions. The people are very happy with this move, especially the youth of Etawah who are now able to study and research better using the internet. Many have even called it a ‘blessing by Akhilesh Yadav’.
Social Samajwadi is extremely happy with the UPCM’s steps to digitally equip the state.