New Delhi , BSNL and MTNL will provide Wi-Fi facilities at 100 tourist destinations across the country with the Union Tourism Ministry inking agreements with the state-run telecom service providers to this effect.
This leads to tourists places in the country is about to get crowded..
Today, Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said that – Ministry would be working with companies to identify the places where they would be providing their services. The Free Wi-Fi service at 100 tourists places including the world heritage sites would be provided in the coming six months.
According to the inked deal, BSNL and MTNL will provide the service for seven years with the Tourism Ministry bearing the operational cost for the first three years, he added.
Zutshi in a statement said that however, they are still yet to decide the charges for the Wi-Fi charges. It is reported that initial few minutes browsing would be free while users would be charged going forward from that.
The ministry has already started providing Wi-Fi services at 30 tourist places, including Trimula temple in Andhra Pradesh, Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), the ghats of Varanasi, Fatehpur Sikri and Taj Mahal (Uttar Pradesh)
Zutshi said another 70 locations would be added to the list over the next six months, taking the tally to 100.
The initiative will enable tourists to upload photos and videos on the social media in real time.
Mahesh Sharma, the Union Tourism Minister, has said it earlier that Central Government has accorded top priority to the tourism industry as it will offer benefits such as earning foreign exchange, providing employment to both as well as empower the women.