NEW DELHI: Arvind Kejriwal led government of the National Capital Region of Delhi has often been criticized for not fulfilling its election promising of providing free Wi-Fi. Opposition BJP has claimed it as betrayal of people. Today, the state government explained why the plan was delayed, and that the delay is actually good for the people of Delhi.
“We were ready to install free Wi-Fi hotspots all over Delhi but Modi government didn’t let us work, and due to that the free Wi-Fi plan was delayed initially,” Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi said.
“But despite troubles created by Modi government, we were ready to make entire Delhi covered with free Wi-Fi signals this month. However we have delayed the decision due to launch of the mobile game Pokémon Go,” he revealed.
Readers should note that Pokémon Go is a virtual reality game that has attracted more active users than Twitter. The game requires users to go outdoors and roam around at various places to catch Pokémon characters, which are cartoon characters.
However many people have reported that users have met accidents or have lost their way while being engrossed in playing the game. Users keep glued to their mobile screen to catch Pokémon, while they are being hit by cars, robbers, fellow users, etc. as they walk outdoors into unknown places.
This risk of getting injured or lost has now led the Delhi government to delay its plan to introduce free Wi-Fi in Delhi.
“We don’t want any aam aadmi of Delhi falling in a manhole or getting run over by a speeding car while he plays Pokémon Go. Now we can’t block this particular game as that will be violation of net neutrality, hence we have decided to delay the launch of free Wi-Fi hotspots in NCR,” Manish Sisodia explained.
While opposition BJP is calling it an excuse to cover up failures of the Kejriwal government, neutral experts have hailed the decision of the state government and slammed BJP for not caring about public safety.
“BJP is like a party of Salman Khan supporters; they don’t care about road accidents. But AAP cares about the common man. I think it is a very wise decision to delay the free Wi-Fi plan till people get bored of playing Pokémon Go,” neutral commentator Abhay Kumar Dubey said.