Urban development minister Firhad Hakim will inaugurate the state’s longest free WiFi-enabled road on Tuesday.
The inaugural programme will be held at Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NTIA). The step has been taken to facilitate IT professionals.
Free WiFi will be available over the entire stretch on Biswa Bangla Sarani, between its intersection with Eastern Metropolitan bypass on one side and VIP Road on the other via New Town covering a distance of 13.5km.
Free WiFi will also be available on Ring road. So long this facility was available from VIP Road — Biswa Bangla Sarani intersection till Technopolis more.
The facility will be extended till EM bypass on Tuesday. WiFi for the first half an hour will be free of cost and subsequently, the service will require one to pay. The plan will help IT professionals and students visiting sector V immensely.
Biswa Bangla Sarani is the main corridor connecting VIP Road with EM bypass via New Town. There is heavy volume of traffic on this stretch as Airport-bound passengers from south Kolkata and southern suburbs prefer to use this road instead of going to Ultadanga and taking Kazi Nazrul Islam Sarani. Free WiFi connection will help Airport-bound professionals taking Biswa Bangla Sarani.
The thoroughfare is used by hundreds of IT professionals from their homes to their working place. The facility will help them along with students going to different educational institutions in New Town.
This is for the first time when such a long stretch of road has been upgraded into a WiFi-enabled thoroughfare. The road has also been renamed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
The development is a major achievement by WBHIDCO and NDITA before the Bengal Global Business Summit scheduled to be held on January 20 and 21when many foreign delegates will be coming to the city and will be putting up at different hotels in New Town, thus, using this stretch to reach the venue of the summit on Milan Mela ground. Free WiFi is available at several important sites like Mother’s Wax Museum in New Town.