City gets n-India’s first free ‘City Wi-Fi’ zone

In a first, the UT Administration on Tuesday set up the first free 'City Wi-Fi' zone in northern India.

Providing additional thrust to the Sampark Project's vision to create a knowledge-based society through extensive use of Information Technology, the Chandigarh Administration on Tuesday opened its first Wi-Fi enabled Sampark Centre in Sector 21.

The Sampark Centre in Sector 21 was inaugurated on Tuesday by K K Sharma, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh.

The Sampark Centre in Sector 21 is the 26th Sampark Centre in the flagship Sampark Project of the Chandigarh Administration, including 13 Gram Sampark Centres.

Besides providing 22 Government to Citizens (G2C) and four Business to Citizens (B2C) services from 8 am to 8 pm (Monday to Saturday) to the residents of Chandigarh, an Aadhaar (UID) Enrolment Centre has also been set up at this Sampark Centre.

The free Wi-Fi hotspot will enable the residents visiting the Sampark Centre in Sector 21 to stay connected to the Internet through their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

At the time of using the Wi-Fi service, the users will have to register their mobile number as the proof of identity. This free Wi-Fi access at Sampark Centre is a secured system and will be available during the Sampark Centre's working hours.

Speaking to media persons, Prerna Puri, Secretary, Information Technology said that this free Wi-Fi accesspoint has been set up on a pilot basis and based on the popularity of this service, the Chandigarh Administration will set up such more Free Wi-Fi zones at prominent locations like at the Chandigarh railway station, the Inter State Bus Terminus in Sector 43, Sukhna Lake etc.

Puri further said that the Chandigarh Administration is also working towards providing an ePayment facility to add another channel for the convenient delivery of public services to the residents of Chandigarh right from their homes.

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