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Friday, October 7, 2016

BSNL & MTNL to launch Free Wi-Fi services in 100 selected tourist destinations across the nation (List of locations included)

Union Tourism Ministry has signed agreement with state run telecom operators BSNL & MTNL to provide Free Wi-Fi services in 100 selected tourist destinations across the nation.
BSNL & MTNL to launch Free Wi-Fi services in 100 selected tourist destinations across the nation (List of locations included)
The locations include - world heritage sites, monuments and other major tourist destinations where the service will be provided within the next six months. Tourism Secretary Vinod Zutshi said - "BSNL and MTNL will provide the service for seven years with the Tourism Ministry bearing the operational cost for the first three years."
The ministry has given a list of 148 tourist destinations to BSNL and requested BSNL to select 70 tourist sites from this list. The Ministry of Tourism shall extend financial support of Rs 7 lakh per site per annum for a period of 3 years. The ministry has also requested BSNL to launch Wi-Fi facility at these 70 tourist places by 30th November 2016.

List of tourist destinations identified for Wi-Fi provision
Adarsh Monuments / Monuments proposed to be includes as Adarsh Monuments
Sl No Name of the monument State / Union Trritory
1 Virbhadra Temple, Lepakshi Andhra Pradesh
2 Nagarjunakonda Andhra Pradesh
3 Excavated Remains at Nalanda Bihar
4 Sher Sha's Tomb, Sasaram Bihar
5 Humayun's Tomb Delhi
6 Red Fort Delhi
7 Qutb complex Delhi
8 Purana Quila Delhi
9 Safdarjung Tomb Delhi
10 Diu Fort UT - Daman & Diu
11 Rani-Ki. Vav, Patan Gujarat
12 Sun temple, Modhera Gujarat
13 Pari Mahal, Srinagar Jammu & Kashmir
14 Group of Temples, Pattadakal Karnataka
15 Group of Temples, Aihole Karnataka
16 Sacred Ensembles of the Hoysala, Belur Karnataka
17 Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur Karnataka
18 Dariya Daulat Bagh, Srirangapattanam Karnataka
19 Shravanabelagola Karnataka
20 Bekal Fort Kerala
21 Royal Palaces, Mandu Madhya Pradesh
22 Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi Madhya Pradesh
23 Gwalior Fort, Gwalior Madhya Pradesh
24 Pre-historic rock shelters of Bhimbetka Madhya Pradesh
25 Group of Temples at Amarkantak Madhya Pradesh
26 Elephanta Caves, Off Mumbai Maharashtra
27 Agra Khan Palace, Pune Maharashtra
28 Ajanta Caves Maharashtra
29 Ellora Caves Maharashtra
30 Bibi-ka-Maqbara (Tomb of Rabia-Daurani), Aurangabad Maharashtra
31 Buddhist Caves, Kanheri, Mumbai Maharashtra
32 Daulatabad Fort, Near Aurangabad Maharashtra
33 Udaygiri-Khandagiri Caves Odisha
34 Chittorgarh Fort Rajasthan
35 Kumbhalgarh Fort Rajasthan
36 Fort Gingee Tamil Nadu
37 Kailashnath Temple, Kanchipuram Tamil Nadu
38 Ramappa Temple, Warangal Telangana
39 Golkonda Fort Telangana
40 Kushinagar Uttar Pradesh
41 Rani Jhansi Fort, Jhansi Uttar Pradesh
42 Residency, Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
43 Agra Fort Uttar Pradesh
44 Akbar's tomb, Sikandra Uttar Pradesh
45 Itmad-ud-oaula's Tomb Uttar Pradesh
46 Hazardwari Palace, Murshidabad West Bengal
47 Temples of Bishnupur West Bengal
48 Kooch Bihar Palace West Bengal
Other Tourist Destinations
Sl No Name of the monument State / Union Trritory
1 Rushikonda Beach, Vizag Andhra Pradesh
2 Pulicat Lake, Nellore Andhra Pradesh
3 Cellular Jail, Port Blair Andaman & Nicobar Islands
4 Radhanagar Beach Havelock Andaman & Nicobar Islands
5 Corbyn's Cove Beach Port Blair Andaman & Nicobar Islands
6 Water Sports Complex, Aberdeen Bazar Port Blair Andaman & Nicobar Islands
7 Kamkhya Temple, Guwahati Assam
8 Great Buddha Statue Bihar
9 Rajgir (Buddhist Site) Bihar
10 Vaishali (Buddhist Site) Bihar
11 Rock Gardens (Nekchand Park) Chandigarh
12 Rose Gardens Chandigarh
13 Sukhana Lake Chandigarh
14 Calangute Beach Goa
15 Colva Beach Goa
16 Miramar Beach Goa
17 Bom Jesus, Old Goa Goa
18 Dona Paula Beach Goa
19 Aguada Fort, Sinqurim Goa
20 Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church (Panjim Church) Goa
21 Sabarmati Riverfronts, Ahmedabad Gujarat
22 Palitana Jain Temples (Hill Top) Gujarat
23 Pinjore Gardens Haryana
24 Kurukshetra (Bhrama Sarovar Area) Haryana
25 The Mall Shimla Himachal Pradesh
26 Kufri (Near Skiing Centre) Himachal Pradesh
27 Shalimar Bagh Jammu & Kashmir
28 Nishat Bagh Jammu & Kashmir
29 Dal Lake Jammu & Kashmir
30 Chashme Shahi Garden Jammu & Kashmir
31 Vaisho Devi temple Jammu & Kashmir
32 Patnitop Jammu & Kashmir
33 Gulmarg Jammu & Kashmir
34 Kovalam Beach Kerala
35 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary Kerala
36 Munnar Kerala
37 Athirappally Vazhachal Water Falls Kerala
38 Fort Kochi Kerala
39 Ulsoor Lake, Bengaluru Karnataka
40 Mysore Palace Karnataka
41 Sri Chamarendra Zoological Garden (Mysore Zoo) Karnataka
42 Badami Caves Karnataka
43 Gwalior Fort Madhya Pradesh
44 Marble Rock Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh
45 Pachmarhi Hills Madhya Pradesh
46 Bhandavgarh National Park Madhya Pradesh
47 Saras Baug Pune Maharashtra
48 Venna Lake Mahabalaswar Maharashtra
49 Shaniwarwada Pune Maharashtra
50 Raigad Fort Maharashtra
51 Ganapatipule Beach, Near Ratnagiri Maharashtra
52 Umiam Lake, Shillong Meghalaya
53 Lady Hydri Park, Shillong Meghalaya
54 Nandan Kanan Zoological Park, Bhubaneswar Odisha
55 Chilika Lake Odisha
56 Patiala Fort Punjab
57 MC Zoological Park, Mohali Punjab
58 Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur Rajasthan
59 Sisodia Palace & Garden, Jaipur Rajasthan
60 Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur Rajasthan
61 Lake Area Mount Abu Rajasthan
62 Pushkar Lake, Pushkar Rajasthan
63 MG Road Gangtok Sikkim
64 Marina Beach Chennai Tamil Nadu
65 Elliots Beach Chennai Tamil Nadu
66 Kodaikanal (Lake Area) Tamil Nadu
67 Courtallam Water Falls Tamil Nadu
68 Yerkadu (Lake Area) Tamil Nadu
69 Muttukadu Lake (East Coast Road) Tamil Nadu
70 Vivekananda rock Memorial, Kannyakumari Tamil Nadu
71 Salar Jung Museum Telangana
72 Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad Telangana
73 Medak Church Telangana
74 Bada Imambara, Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
75 Dr. Ambedkar Park, Lucknow Uttar Pradesh
76 Triveni Sangam, Allahabad Uttar Pradesh
77 Nainital Lake Uttarakhand
78 Mussoorie Hill Station Uttarakhand
79 Badrinath Temple Uttarakhand
80 Kedarnath Temple Uttarakhand
81 Rishikesh Ghats Uttarakhand
82 Belur Math, Kolkata West Bengal
83 Victoria Memorial, Kolkata West Bengal
84 Indian Museum, Kolkata West Bengal
85 Botanical gardens, Kolkata West Bengal
86 Vishwabharti University, Shanthiniketan West Bengal
Tourist Places in Delhi & Mumbai
88 Rajpath Lawns (either sides), India Gate Delhi
89 Lodhi Gardens Delhi
90 India Gate (Lawns) Delhi
91 National Rail Museum (RailTel) Delhi
92 National Museum, Janpath Delhi
93 Gateway of India Mumbai
94 Chowpatty beach, Mumbai Mumbai
95 Juhu Beach, Mumbai Mumbai
96 Hanging Gardens Mumbai
97 Kamla Nehru Park Mumbai
98 Marine Drive Mumbai
99 Chhatrapathi Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly Price of Wales Museum) Mumbai
100 Mani Bhawan Mumbai

Wi-Fi services will be free for the first few minutes for pubic / tourists however, the ministry hasn’t taken a call to decide charges for using the service. The ministry has already started providing Wi-Fi services at 30 tourist places, including Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh, Trimula temple in Andhra Pradesh, Bodh Gaya in Bihar, Khajuraho, the ghats of Varanasi and Fatehpur Sikri.

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