Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has partnered with BSNL to provide free WiFi service at Taj Mahal. This service will initiate effective June 16th. Once the free usage is over, users would have to shell out Rs 30 per hour to use the service.
As per reports emerging, officials from Delhi are already on their way to Agra to properly implement the project. On asked why the free WiFi service is not being extended for more than 30 minutes, an official from ASI shared that this decision has been taken to avoid ‘prolonged stay’ of tourists inside the monument.
Telecom and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will formally inaugurate the service on June 16th at a special function at Agra.
Quadgen, a Bangalore based technology company, will provide the wireless support and technological infrastructure for the WiFi service.
ASI said that they kept on receiving numerous complaints from tourists regarding the WiFi service at India’s most important tourist destination. After conducting a feasibility study, BSNL suggested 30 minutes package of free WiFi, after which a nominal charge of Rs 30/hour would be deducted.
Inside Agra, cantonment is the only area where free WiFi is currently being provided. I recently shared that besides being India’s most visited tourist place, Taj Mahal is the most popular Google Street View destination as well. 368 year old Taj Mahal attracts 45 lakh tourists or 12,000 visitors per day. It is already an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Depending on the success of this project, ASI may initiate WiFi service at other tourist destinations in and around Agra as well.
ASI has pulled up their socks in the last few months, in order to provide more access and more information about India’s tourist destinations. Last year they partnered with Google to provide a 360 degree tour of the major Indian heritage sites such as Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb , Agra Fort, Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Elephanta Caves and other 30 more sites.
You can visit here to checkout all the heritage sites across the world, where Google Streetview can be used to have a free virtual visit.