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International Kolkata Book Fair goes wi-fi from today

January 31, 2015

The Milan Mela compound will turn into a free wi-fi zone from Saturday, January 31 till the end of the International Kolkata Book Fair, on February 8, officials of Publishers and Booksellers Guild, organisers of the fair, announced on Friday.

This is yet another step the Guild officials have taken towards making the fair a tech-enabled one.

“We are delighted to announce that we are taking one more step towards turning the fair more visitor-friendly. They would be able to access the internet while on the venue and would not require any password. They won’t be charged a paisa for the service,” Guild secretary Tridib Chatterjee said on Friday.

“This is the first fair in India to offer such facilities,” Chatterjee said, adding the Guild has also placed a booster van to minimise the mobile network from getting jammed in the area – a problem visitors used to face frequently.

This decision came following the launch of a mobile application for the book fair to help visitors with information about locations of various stalls and events at the venue. The website for the book fair has also been re-launched.

The book fair is drawing huge crowds every day. Fair director Sudhangshu Sekhar De said about 15,000 people visited the fair on Wednesday, when it was inaugurated, and a footfall of between 18,000 and 20,000 was recorded on Thursday.

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