Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: Odisha's capital city, Bhubaneswar joined the elite club of cities that offer free wi-fi with the launch of 'Bhubaneswar Me' WiFi services for the citizens of the smart city today.

The announcement came during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the State Secretariat.

"Bhubaneswar Me wi-fi services will be a game changer for youths. This will be Bhubaneswar's entry into the list of global smart cities with 500 hotspots. I urge the youth to utilise this world class facility," CM Naveen said.

Elaborating on the implementation of the project, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner, Krishan Kumar said, "There are plans to create 500 hotspots in the city. The implementation will be done in 3 phases and the scheduled date of completion of the project is December 2019."

In the first phase, hotspots have been installed at 100 locations and the project is expected to be completed in next 5 to 6 months, Kumar informed.

'Bhubaneswar Me' Wi-Fi services will offer 250 MB free data every day. Moreover, there are different top-up plans for extra data priced at Rs 20 for 1GB/day for 7 days, Rs 30 - 2GB/day for 7 days, Rs 40 -3GB/day for 14 days, Rs 50- 4GB/day for 14 days and Rs 60 for 5GB/day for 28 days.

The State government is planning to extend the services to places like Sambalpur, Berhampur, Rourkela and Puri.