09/01/2017 5:58 PM IST | Updated 09/01/2017 6:05 PM IST

Maharastra Government Declares 500 WiFi Hotspots Open In Mumbai

CM Devendra Fadnavis plans to expand service to 1,200 Hotspots

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that under the "Mumbai WiFi" project, 500 hotspots are live from today across the city. Fadnavis tweeted the announcement claiming that this is one of the biggest public WiFi projects in the world.

The state government also released the full list of 510 hotspots currently available. It also launched a twitter handle @AS_MUMBAI_WIFI for support.

Fadnavis stated that the government is looking to extend this service by installing 1,200 hotspots across the city by 1 May, which is also celebrated as Maharashtra Day. He stated that during the testing period of 6 days, 23,000 people used the service and consumed 2 TB of data.

The Indian government has already tied up with Google to provide free WiFi to travellers in 400 railway stations across the country. By the end of the last year, the search giant had reported that it had already installed WiFi hotspots in 100 stations.