‘Jionet’, high-speed Wifi Internet service by Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) in Mussoorie. It covers an area of 4 km from Mall Road to Jhullaghar. Other Uttarakhand towns are also going free Wifi way.
The vision of Chief Minister Harish Rawat to make Mussoorie a ‘Smart City’ is taking shape. The government of Uttarakhand joined hands with Reliance Jio to provide free wireless service on hand-held sets in the town of Mussoorie. The initiative will soon be followed in other prime locations in the town such as Gun Hill and Landour cantonment. The service under government’s Digital India initiative would cover the area of 4 km from Mall Road to Jhullaghar. In the initial few months, the services are for free of cost but later users will be charged at nominal rates after free wifi service for 15-20 minutes. The speed of 50 Mbps to 100 Mbps is promised at any given point.
The initiative by the government has impressed some people but some have raised many questions on it. As per Rajat Agarwal who is a member of Mussoorie Trader’s Association,” It’s a good effort. But one should see the fine print. To begin with, most people now have the internet on their phones. So is this wi-fi necessary? Also, the entire effort of making Mussoorie wire free comes with a lot of underground cabling work which takes its toll on the roads.”
Mussoorie is now the first hill station across North India to go free Wifi way and can be seen as milling stone which put in on the Digital India map. The step can be seen significant from the point of tourism also as the area around Mall Road is frequented by the tourists. The state tourism has planned to provide free Wifi service in Ranikhet (Mall Road), Mallitaal to Tallitaal, and Nainital (Mall Road) to attract more tourists in these places.
We hope that such initiatives by Uttarakhand government will create more job opportunities for locals and promote tourism in the state which is still recovering from the floods of 2013.