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Soon, free Wi-Fi at BKC for 30 mins


Mumbai : By mid-2016, when you walk into the plush business district at Bandra-Kurla Complex, you will be able to access high speed Internet via Wi-Fi hotspots. This feature is part of the ‘Smart BKC’ project of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

The MMRDA has said there will be 4 mbps wireless Internet connectivity through approximately 75 access points in ‘G’ and ‘E’ blocks of BKC.

“The access to Internet via Wi-Fi will be available free for at least 30 minutes. The bids for the Smart BKC project have been submitted. Currently, the evaluation of the bids is going on and the project will be awarded by next month,” said, Sanjay Sethi, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

Beyond the first 30 minutes, users will be charged nominally on per hour basis. Officials said the charge would be around Rs 30 per hour.

Two consortia, one led by Reliance Infrastructure and the other by Larsen & Toubro, have bid for the project to provide a variety of smart features.

Apart from the high-speed Internet, the project offers features such as smart parking, solar-powered streetlights with motion sensors, advanced CCTV networks, building monitoring system and a mobile app that will enable citizens to use all the facilities for the business district.

Entire capital cost of the Smart BKC project — Rs 60 crore that has been earmarked — will be borne by MMRDA.

The revenue sharing between the consortium that is awarded the project starts after two years, according to which 70% of the revenue has to be shared with MMRDA.

MMRDA officials added that these components are made up in a way that it becomes a win-win situation for all parties involved.