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Lucknow:  The visitors at the Taj Mahal will get free Wi-Fi Internet facility across the sprawling campus for 30 minutes, from June 16.

Any browsing or usage like downloading, surfing after this period would invite charges at Rs.30 an hour, a Bharatiya Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) official said.

Chief General Manager of BSNL (UP-West) Pradeep Kumar told IANS that the trials have been completed and the service will be launched by Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shanker Prasad in Agra on June 16.

He informed that while bandwidth is being provided by BSNL, the system integrator – Quadgen, a Bengaluru based company – is providing the wireless support.

Due to security and other reasons, the ASI has only permitted the Wi-Fi availability in a radius of 30 metres from the main gate of the Taj Mahal, officials further said.

Millions of domestic and foreign tourists visit the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Officials said there were frequent complaints from tourists, specially foreigners about the lack of Wi-Fi facility.

Following this, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) requested the BSNL to work on the project, to start the facility in the complex.

Wi-Fi Internet facility at public places in Agra is currently available only at the Agra Cantonment railway station.

If the trial at the Taj is successful, BSNL plans to extend the facility to Fatehpur Sikri as well.
(IANS)

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State-run telecom major BSNL’s financial revival through a voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) and land monetisation are not an overnight process, an official source said on Monday.

In order to avoid any emergency, the Department of Telecom (DoT) will be extending all the monetary assistance to BSNL till June, including for salary payment, he added.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has also recently reviewed the financially troubled situation of BSNL and asked the DoT to extend all possible help to the public sector unit till June.

According to the official, DoT has standby funds ready for any financial exigencies in BSNL till June on account of salary payment or network maintenance front.

DoT is yet to get approval for the Rs 6,535 crore VRS package and for the land monetisation exercise.

According to the source, concrete actionb on BSNL’s revival will have to await the formation of a new government at the Centre and till the new company management takes over.

The SIM will now be available for employees of Patanjali only.
Patanjali had also tied up with BSNL for its plans.

The DoT has referred the 4G spectrum issue to telecom regulator TRAI, and is preparing a draft cabinet note on VRS, the source said.

“Major decisions are rarely taken by an outgoing government. Preparing a cabinet note for circulation does not mean the proposals have been through scrutiny,” he said.

“Different ministries will give their views..after all, the government has to bear the cost of the bonds that will be floted for the VRS,” the source added.

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The chairman of state-run MTNL P.K. Purwar will assume charge of BSNL in July this year after the current incumbent retires.

Monetising BSNL land is also a time-consuming process before actual land sale takes place, the official said.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on BSNL’s 4G spectrum proposal may also take some more months to arrive. (IANS)