'Free' Wi-Fi in Delhi: Was AAP's promise just a poll gimmick?

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New Delhi, Feb 13: If you are jubilant with the news of free Wi-Fi all over Delhi, as promised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in its poll manifesto, then there is a little dampener for you. The AAP government will definitely make Delhi country's Wi-fi city but there are some conditions as well.

Free Wi-Fi in Delhi but conditions apply
Free Wi-fi for first 30 minutes per day

Delhi's would be Deputy Chief Minister, Manish Sisodia, has made it abundantly clear that the Wi-Fi in the national capital comes with some terms and conditions. The users will be able to access 30 minutes of free internet access on a daily basis and they'll have to pay after this duration.

There is a possibility that users will have an option to get paid package to access Wi-Fi beyond the stipulated time. As per reports, the users could be charged Rs 20 for 30 minutes, Rs 30 for an hour, Rs 50 for 2 hours and Rs 70 for an entire day.

No access to Watsapp, Facebook and YouTube

AAP leaders have also cleared that the free internet would allow a user to access government sites. Therefore, there is bad news for those tech-geeks who were hoping to access Facebook and download or watch videos through YouTube for their entertainment because all these sites will not run in this type of Wi-Fi connection. Also, users will not be able to access Watsapp and other such chat applications.

Even mails and Twitter will not be accessible through Wi-Fi.

Delhi to get free Wi-Fi by Aug

AAP's MLA from Dwarka, Adarsh Shastri -- who was a CEO at IT giant Apple, is looking after the Wi Fi project. As per Shastri, the Wi-Fi facility will be available at public places but not in malls and movie theatres.

The party in its poll manifesto made no mention of terms and conditions about how is it going to make Delhi a complete Wi-Fi free city.

The party has already done the feasibility study in consultation with IT firms the ambitious dream will become a reality in a period of 6 months.

The party feels that the entire project will cost approximately Rs 250 crore. The party in its poll manifesto made no mention of terms and conditions about how is it going to make Delhi a complete Wi-Fi free city.

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