ASI signs MoU With RailTel and BSNL for WiFi Services at historic sites

By : |August 2, 2016 0
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Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with state-run RailTel and BSNL for providing WiFi services at its various monuments and sites. The service will be free for the first half-an-hour and thereafter chargeable on the usage basis.

Currently, ASI has 116-ticketed monuments and sites and the services would be available wherever “technically feasible”, Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

“The Archaeological Survey of India has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with RailTel and BSNL for providing WiFi facility at ASI protected monuments,” he said. Under the MoU, “WiFi facility would be provided at ASI ticketed monuments/sites, if technically feasible.” he said.

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However, no time frame has been set to introduce the services, he added.

To another query, Sharma said as many as 100 monuments (56 ticketed and 44 non-ticketed), including Red Fort, Taj Mahal, and Qutab Minar, have been identified to be developed as ‘Adarsh Smarak’.

The salient features of the ‘Adarsh Smarak‘ scheme are:

• To make a monument visitor friendly.
• To upgrade/provide wash rooms, drinking water, signages, cafeteria, and wi-fi facility
• To provide Interpretation and audio-video centers
• To streamline waste water and garbage disposal and rain water harvesting system
• To make monument accessible to differently abled
• To implement Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

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