The Odisha government has announced to make the capital city of Bhubaneswar completely wi-fi by November 2018 under the smart city project.
The city is hosting men’s Hockey World Cup-2018 from November 28 to December 16, 2018 and wi-fi enablement will be completed before the event starts.
In a high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik recently, it was decided to set up 1,800 wi-fi spots across the city. Fibre optic network would be set up in the city soon, reported The Business Standard.
The state government is hoping to extend e-governance facilities before the completion of the project.
Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has made a project report projecting an investment of Rs 126 crore in three years. Earlier this project was to be implemented by the State Electronics and Information Technology department but now it will be implemented under the smart city project.
STPI has also created Proof of Concept (PoC) at about six locations in the city. Leading telecom players like Bharti Infratel, Airtel, Reliance Jio and Ortel had participated in the PoC.
The government is also planning to spend Rs 55o crore for smart solutions in traffic management, electronic parking system, transit operations, emergency response and city incident management system, wi-fi, city command and control centre for unified delivery of urban services to citizens.
The Odisha government will soon launch the Computer Aided Dispatch and Automated Vehicle Location ((CAD/AVL) system. This system will allow citizens to seek information on PCR vans, ambulances, fire tender, water tanker, and timing of transport buses among other things with the help of a mobile application.