This Kerala village is offering free wi-fi for all

Eraviperoor Grama panchayat is the first to offer the facility in India

September 30, 2015 06:31 pm | Updated 06:49 pm IST - PATHANAMTHITTA:

A WiFi hotspot on the wayside in Eraviperoor grama panchayat.

A WiFi hotspot on the wayside in Eraviperoor grama panchayat.

Eraviperoor has become the first grama panchayat in the country to facilitate free Wi-Fi to the general public. Grama panchayat president N. Rajeev said the local body had provided free Wi-Fi facility in one-kilometre radius of the panchayat. The rural areas of Kozhimala, Vallamkulam, Othera, Nannoor, and Eraviperoor had come under free Wi-Fi network, he said.

Mr. Rajeev said the panchayat has set up Wi-Fi hotspots at the Grama Vijnana Kendram at Vallamkulam, panchayat office at Kozhimala, Ayurveda dispensary at Nannoor, Primary Health Centre at Othera, and children’ park at Eraviperoor.

The Rs.4,17,000-project was implemented with technical support of Active Infocom Ltd. The project was formally commissioned by T.N. Seema, MP. The panchayat also launched its total e-literacy project with the help of P.N. Panicker Foundation.

The local body had won many accolades for its development initiatives in the past five years. Eraviperoor was the first grama panchayat to receive the National Award for Public Administration this year. The panchayat has won the State awards for biodiversity conservation instituted by the State Biodiversity Board, Sanitation Award of the State Sanitation Mission, and the Pain and Palliative Care Award of the district panchayat.

The Horticulture Department had selected Eraviperoor a Model Hi-tech Green Village in recognition of its green initiatives. The ISO-certified panchayat’s public information is being passed over to the people by SMS alerts, the honorarium as well as salary of the staff are being paid as electronic money directly to their bank accounts on the first working day of every month.

The panchayat also houses the State’s first ISO-9001 certified Primary Health Centre.

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