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Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s WiFi helps BRTS get 20k riders

AMC’s free internet service at bus stops raked in the passengers within a month

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Gargi Raval

Updated: Apr 05, 2018, 06:15 AM IST

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It’s been a month since the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation introduced Janmitra WiFi service, and people are loving it! Not just that, the new free WiFi service has helped BRTS get 20,000 more passengers in March compared to February.

Under the smart city project, the AMC started providing free internet service to citizens from March 5, 2018, at more than 150 locations. In a month, 52,000 users have availed the WiFi service, according to AMC data. “It’s been a month and we are getting good response,” said AMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner Rakesh Shankar. “Not only this, we have seen a rise in ridership of BRTS compared to the previous month. As many as 20,000 more passengers have used BRTS in March compared to February,”

The AMC’s free WiFi service is available at 145 BRTS terminuses, six zones, MJ library and civic body-run hospitals. Two more places – Riverfront Park near Subhash Bridge and Flower Park – were added to the list on Tuesday.

One of the user said the 1GB mobile data given by his cellular service provider was unused last month because of the free WiFi service provided by the civic body. “Since last one month, I am using free WiFi. It’s free and the speed is also good. Now, I don’t like to use the data which my cellular service provider is giving. Literally, I haven’t used mobile data and 1GB data is unused,” said Vivek Desai.

Another user, Balvant Kunt, said: “This is the best place to update software and apps. It only takes a few minutes and I can do it while waiting for my bus. I told my friends to do the same.”

The users are getting internet speed of more than 1Mbps. “Earlier we had announced to give two mbps speed to the Janmitra Card Holders and one mbps speed to non-card holders. But we are giving 2Mbps speed to all of them,” said a senior official at AMC who did not want to be named in the report. At Gujarat University on Wednesday, users reported internet speed of 1.3Mbps around noon.

The civic body’s main office consumed highest data – 2,111GB – last month, followed by MJ Library where 2,020GB consumption of internet data was reported. Samarpan Bungalow BRTS recorded the lowest usage.

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