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State sponsored 500 Wi-Fi-enabled locations in Mumbai soon

The Maharashtra state government plans to quickly roll out, over Rs 100-crore project in the next few weeks. Its racing  against time before the model code of conduct for the municipal corporation polls is imposed.

State government will soon unveil 500 Wi-Fi-enabled locations in Mumbai and then another 700 is to follow. This was the Chief Ministers's pet project and was to be launched in December 2016, but got delayed due to ‘some issues’ with procurement of hardware, said officials.

Larsen and Toubro is in charge of the project and they have identified 500 locations across the city, including popular tourist sites like the Gateway of India, Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu beach, and slum clusters.

The average speed will be 20Mbps and Wi-Fi will be free for the first 30 minutes for a maximum data of 100 MB; then the user has to pay. The charges will be cheaper than of other data providers that charge Rs 26-28 per 100MB.

In Phase-II, which is expected to begin in February, 700 sites will be identified across the state, including schools, colleges and hospitals. It is expected to be completed by March 

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