West Bengal first WiFi enable Kamalapur village: A silent digital revolution is taking place in the Kamalapur i.e. barely 5 km from the Indo-Bangla border. So welcome to the Bengal’s first Wi-Fi enabled village i.e. Kamalapur, where the residents almost overnight have turned netizens. Before Kamalapur, a hamlet with pucca houses and with a cluster of mud have been populated by around 1,500 residents, that comes to Geraponta bazaar, where hot spots of the Wi-Fi gadgets have been installed-inside the century-old Geraponta high school, the shops and the panchayat office.
West Bengal first WiFi enable Kamalapur village
The villagers that comprise mostly the farm laborers and farmers, are very happy with the hot-spots, though their reach is only up to about 100m. A lady named as Kalyani Ghosh, who never attended school now recently has learnt to say laptop and now she is excitedly chatting online with her 23-year-old grandson who is an electrician in Dubai. She is surrounded by cows and goats and a whole lot of onlookers. She says that this is better than TV as she can talk to her grandson. The computer has been gift of Bengali New Year.
A teacher named as, Hafizul Mondol says that he had bought a computer after his village got Wi-Fi connection but now electricity is the big problem. He also points out that there is power cut of eight hours in day and six hours in the night.
It is a house divide. Anarul is a daily wager in his 30s and he said that he was never impressed with the Wi-Fi sop, and they don’t need such a thing like Wi-Fi, they only need jobs as they cannot afford laptops and smartphones.