Taj Mahal gets wifi

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Starting today, BSNL will provide free wifi for first 30minutes to the visitors of Taj Mahal through specific wifi hotspots.

BSNL’s Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Srivastava stated that network installation had been completed and the service will be free of cost for the first 30 minutes. Communications and Information Technology Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad officially launched the facility today.

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The government seeks to provide all cities with a population of over one million and tourist centres with wifi hotspots, as a part of its Digital India drive.

In February, wifi facility was launched by BSNL at Dashashwamedh Ghat and Shitala Ghats of Varanasi.

According to an official in Telecom Ministry, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has identified 25 monuments all over the country where Wi-Fi hotspots could be set up. The monuments include Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Sarnath Konark Temple Rad Fort and Ellora, among others.

Late last month, Prasad had announced wifi facilities would soon be provided at all major tourist spots across India. He also said his ministry has formulated a new policy to make tier II and III cities as IT hubs.

“Taj Mahal, Sarnath, Bodh Gaya are some of the places that will get a Wi-Fi facility soon. We have already started providing free Wi-Fi service at Varanasi ghats. The government has also started the facility of providing e-visa to tourists,” Prasad had said in New Delhi at the ‘Manthan conclave’ organised by Aaj Tak.

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