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Eraviperoor Becomes First Grama Panchayat to Offer Free Public Wi-Fi

Eraviperoor in Kerala, has become
the first grama panchayat in
India to offer free Wi-Fi to the
general public. The facility has
been provided in a one-kilometre
radius of Eraviperoor, which also
covers Kozhimala, Vallamkulam,
Othera, and Nannoor rural areas,
said N. Rajeev, Grama Panchayat
Speaking to The Hindu, N. Rajeev
added that the panchayat has
seeded Wi-Fi Hotspots in Grama
Vijnana Kendram at Vallamkulam,
panchayat office at Kozhimala,
Ayurveda dispensary at Nannoor,
Primary Health Centre at Othera,
and children’ park at Eraviperoor.
It is worth mentioning that
Active Infocom Ltd. helped the
concerned bodies with the
technical support for the project,
which was worth over Rs.
4,00,000. The panchayat also
launched its e-literacy project
with P.N. Panicker Foundation
Eraviperoor is not only the first
grama panchayat to get free Wi-
Fi, but was also the first to be
honoured with a National Award
for Public Administration this
year, and has received several
other awards for green
initiatives, clean sanitation, and
more. It also has the state’s first
ISO-9001 certified Primary
Health Centre.
Last month, Dilli Haat in INA got
its free Wi-Fi service. Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier
this month announced that free
Wi-Fi facility would soon be
provided to commuters in Delhi
Transport Corporation (DTC)
buses. Several leading Internet
and telecom sector companies,
including Google, Facebook, and
Ericsson, held discussions with
the Kejriwal led-Delhi
government, regarding its
ambitious city-wide free Wi-Fi
Google has also announced an
initiative to set up free Wi-Fi at
500 railway stations.

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