Guwahati, June 29: The next time you visit Kamakhya temple, apart from divine blessings, you can also look forward to half-an-hour of free Internet surfing.
BSNL will launch a Wi-Fi Internet service, which will be available at Kamakhya temple and its adjoining vicinity, some time next month. Usage for the first 30 minutes will be free and the service will provide download speed of 2Mbps and be available 24×7.
Once the 30 minute time-limit is crossed, one can continue to use the service on a paid basis – for which subscription plans of different durations (30 minutes, 60 minutes, 120 minutes and so on) are being worked out.
Kamakhya temple in Guwahati
The general manager of BSNL’s Kamrup telecom district, Sandeep Govil, told The Telegraph the company had completed installing all the necessary equipment and currently trial runs were on.
“We hope to commission the service next month,” he said.
Govil said they are offering this service at Kamakhya temple because it is one of the major tourist and pilgrimage destinations in the country and everyday thousands of people from different parts of the country and abroad visit the site, which is one of the country’s most important centres of Shakti worship.
Apart from the temple premises, the facility will also be available on the stairs leading up to the temple, the car-park and in the adjacent shops and restaurants.
The process to set up the Wi-Fi Internet service began in January this year, when Tony Das, a member of the Kamrup district telephone advisory committee, put forward the proposal at a meeting of the panel. The local BSNL authorities then sent the proposal to their corporate office in New Delhi, which gave its nod.
“This is the first time that BSNL is offering such a service to the public in Assam, though they provide Wi-Fi Internet facility in some other major tourist destinations in the country like at the Taj Mahal and Varanasi ghats,” Govil said.
The Union minister forcommunications and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had inaugurated the facility last year in Varanasi and Taj Mahal.
The introduction of this service will boost amenities for pilgrims at the famed temple.
There could be more such development activities in store for Kamakhya temple. On June 26, Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan had promised funds worth Rs 25 crore for the development of the temple’s infrastructure over the next couple of years. This fund will come from corporate social responsibility projects of different oil companies.