Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Bharat Net to cover 870 gram panchayats in Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)


Union minister of state for telecommunication Manoj Sinha announced that 870 gram panchayats of Varanasi, including Jayapur and Nageypur villages adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be covered under Bharat Net Project by December 2016.

Sinha marked the launching of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited's landline scheme on pan India basis at a function organized at DLW campus on Saturday. He also dedicated 87 new BTS under next generation value added service and also the plans, including free telephonic conversation on BSNL landline on Sundays and providing landline connection on payment of Rs 49.

Addressing the function, he announced that the Wi-Fi hotspot services in Jayapur and Nageypur villages had been started while works of covering 870 villages under Bharat Net project by connecting them with of cable would also be completed by December 2016 in the district.

He said that these projects are being undertaken to enable rural masses utilize all these modern facilities of communication.

What is Bharat-Net?
The Narendra Modi government's ambitious project of bringing village panchayats on the digital roadmap is struggling to meet the target. While the government has aimed to digitise total 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by the end of 2018, only about 8,000 have been connected with the Internet.
According to the latest data till July 31, the network has been integrated and tested in 7,607 gram panchayats. A senior official of the telecom ministry said that lack of planning, equipments and delay in tendering process were some of the reasons for project running a bit slow, but, the work of laying optical fibre in villages is in full swing.
A special purpose vehicle, Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL), under the telecom ministry is handling the roll out of optical fibre network. The project known as 'Bharat net' is being executed by BSNL, Railtel and Power Grid.


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