Taj Mahal to be a free Wi-Fi Zone


New Delhi: From June 16, the heritage site recognised by UNESCO, Taj Mahal, will be a free Wi Fi zone for all tourists and visitors.The visitors at the Taj Mahal will get free Wi-Fi internet facility across the sprawling campus for 30 minutes. Any browsing or usage like downloading, surfing after this period would invite charges at Rs 30 an hour, a Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) official said.

Chief General Manager of BSNL (UP-West) Pradeep Kumar told a news agency that the trials have been completed and the service will be launched by union Telecom Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad in Agra on June 16. He informed that while bandwidth is being provided by BSNL, the system integrator – Quadgen, a Bengaluru based company – is providing the wireless support.

Due to security and other reasons, the ASI has only permitted the Wi-Fi availability in a radius of 30 metres from the main gate of the Taj Mahal, officials further said.

Wi-Fi internet facility at public places in Agra is currently available only at the Agra Cantonment railway station. If the trial at the Taj is successful, BSNL plans to extend the facility to Fatehpur Sikri as well. The Taj Mahal a major draw for tourists the world over. In 2014, it attracted 60.72 lakh visitors.

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