CM Fadnavis in USA: Google to help Mumbai become ‘Wi-Fi city’

Under the smart city initiative, the Maharashtra government has been toying with a plan to turn the country’s economic capital into a Wi-Fi city with over 1,200 hotspots.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 22, 2016 4:44 am
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Global technology giant Google has come forward to partner with Maharashtra in the state’s to turn Mumbai into a ‘Wi-Fi city’.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was on a four-day official trip to the United States, held discussions in this regard with senior representatives from Google at San Francisco on Wednesday.

Under the smart city initiative, the Maharashtra government has been toying with a plan to turn the country’s economic capital into a Wi-Fi city with over 1,200 hotspots.

The Chief Minister’s Office issued a note, which confirmed that during the discussion, Google representatives showed willingness to partner the state in this initiative.

Fadnavis met several technology giants in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Among the notable ones was global telecom carrier Sabse Technologies Inc, started by Hotmail founder Sabeer Bhatia, which has evinced interest in a project for use of technology to promote sustainable agriculture. Bhatia was present during the discussions with the CM.

Airbnb, meanwhile, has shown interest in a tie-up with the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation to promote the state’s tourist states. Fadnavis also held discussions on opportunities and investment in the state with the representative of APCO Worldwide.

Back home, Maharashtra signed an MoU with auto giant Volkswagen India for upgrade of the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) in Pimpri-Chinchwad where the firm has a manufacturing plant. As part of the MoU, the firm will provide auto sector-related skill set training to the youth. Skill Development Minister Sambhaji Nilengekar and Volkswagen India’s Managing Director Dr Andreas Lauermann signed the MoU.