A prototype of the Wi-Fi hotspot, which is to be installed in New Town soon, was exhibited on Sunday. The device has been designed by experts from IIT Kharagpur. The first Wi-Fi hotspot will be installed at the Rotary in New Town, which is situated close to Nazrul Tirtha in September. There will be five more to follow. IIT Kharagpur has identified 76 hotspot points all over New Town.
The prototype has been designed aesthetically. The flat base is for the users who can sit and enjoy the facility and the leaf-like structure will function as the antenna and a shade. The facility will benefit not only students but also tourists who will be visiting the township.
New Town is a relatively up and coming ‘green city’. The West Bengal Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (WBHIDCO) has already started a tree census and around 3000 trees have been identified, numbered and their photographs have been taken along with their geographic coordinates.
Steps have been taken to replace the street lights with LED lights. Companies intending to set up ‘green buildings’ will be given exemptions and the use of solar power has become mandatory for institutional buildings of a stipulated size.
Rainwater harvesting and waste water recycling will be prominent features of these buildings. A separate bicycle path is also in the offing for the residents.
To inspire the residents of housing complexes, WBHIDCO has urged resident welfare associations and cooperatives to plant saplings. These saplings will have to be photographed and the pictures sent to New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA).
After a year, NKDA officials will visit the spot and the welfare associations maintaining the highest number of trees will be awarded.
WBHIDCO authorities held a meeting on August 13 with the owners of the plots who have not yet started construction and urged them to start it by December 31. They will get the sanction of the building plan online.