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Google India makes free websites for Chandni Chowk shops

In a bid to digitize the country’s oldest market– Chandni
Chowk (Delhi), Google India has launched an initiative under which 2,500 shops
got their free websites. The company has also created a website which provides a directory of all businesses in Chandni Chowk that now have

In a bid to digitize the country’s oldest market– Chandni
Chowk (Delhi), Google India has launched an initiative under which 2,500 shops
got their free websites. The company has also created a website which provides a directory of all businesses in Chandni Chowk that now have
websites. Google is implementing the initiative along with HostGator (company
hosting Web sites) and will soon build Web sites for the rest 5,000 shops.

For the first year, developing of the Web sites and
hosting will be free of cost, post which Google India would charge around Rs
700 annually for each Web site.

“For a business, having a Web site today is as important
as having a mobile phone. As part of our commitment we will build over 300,000
Web sites by end of next year and 500,000 free Web sites for small and medium
businesses (SMBs) by end 2014,” said Rajan Anandan, Vice- President and
Managing Director – Sales and Operations, Google India.

Anandan added that the company has already created
150,000 websites for Indian SMBs located in 7,850 cities.

“Such initiative will help our SMBs to grow their
businesses and boost our exports as 40 per cent of exports from India comes
from SMBs only,” said Communications and Information Technology Minister,
Kapil Sibal.

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