|The Telegraph report published on February 17, 2014 and (above) a person uses Wi-Fi on his tablet at an IT event in Patna
The first phase of the ambitious Wi-Fi project is expected to function from March 31.
Residents can connect their internet-enabled devices to the Wi-Fi facility over a 10km-stretch from Vishwasariya Bhavan on Bailey Road to National Institute of technology (NIT), Patna, on Ashok Rajpath. Over 3,000 people can initially connect to the network.
Atul Sinha, managing director, Bihar State Electronic Development Corporation Limited (Beltron), claimed: “We have placed the purchase order for Wi-Fi gears to be installed at the access points. Work on installing the fibre network is also on at a fast pace. Several other equipment imported from Singapore are awaiting customs clearances at Mumbai. Since, most of the groundwork is ready, we intend to launch the first phase of Wi-Fi facility by March 31,” said Atul.
Sources in Calcutta-based Benchmark Infotech Pvt Ltd, the firm awarded the contract, claimed that depending upon necessary clearances, they would be able to commission the first phase of public Wi-Fi facility within 15 days.
“We would need approval of electric connection for the Wi-Fi gears from South Bihar Power Distribution Company and an NoC from Patna Municipal Corporation. If the clearance arrives on time, we would be able to commission the first phase within the next 15 days,” said an executive of Benchmark Infotech Pvt. Ltd. The project envisages setting up wireless access points every 300m from NIT to Gandhi Maidan via Ashok Rajpath, further to Dak Bungalow Crossing via Fraser Road and then straight on Bailey Road up to Saguna Mor.
Atul said work on the stretch from Vishwasariya Bhavan to Jagdeopath is not being initiated due to ongoing work on the Sheikhpura Mor-Jagdeopath flyover and the proposed underpass-elevated junctions between High Court Mor and Lalit Bhavan.
The stretch between Jagdeopath and Saguna Mor would be covered in the second phase and between Vishwasariya Bhavan and Jagdeopath in the last lap.