New Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) With plans to make Delhi a world-class city ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the capital's busy commercial and business hub Connaught Place will be connected through a wi-fi system to make Internet access easy for the thousands of businessmen and tourists.
The Delhi government is all set to launch a high-tech pilot project to connect Connaught Place through wi-fi or wireless Internet system.
The six-month public-private pilot project is to be launched in the capital from Jan 1 next year. Around 10 Internet kiosks are being set up at market places and government buildings where citizens can make use of the Internet for free.
'This is a pilot project and we will start a survey to find other areas in the capital where this project can be launched after six months,' said Yogesh Khanduja, systems analyst of the Department of Information Technology.
People with wi-fi facilities on their laptops and mobile phones will also be able to connect to the Internet free of cost.
The project in its initial stages will cover an area of two kilometres in Connaught Place. 'We are setting up 10 information kiosks in market places and government offices so that people coming to the area for business and shopping would be able to connect to the Internet without any hassle,' said Khanduja.
'For these kiosks, certain security measures will also have to be taken,' he said. 'We have taken all the measures to stop people from damaging the network,' said Khanduja.
Since the project involves heavy expenditure, it is necessary to install an elaborate security arrangement, he said.
'We have an agreement with offices and civic authorities that incidental expenses would be looked after by them and they would also provide security for the kiosks,' said Khanduja.
The Delhi government is in talks with some private parties and building owners where the machines could be installed, he said.