New Delhi: The government has started laying out optical fibres in parts of country under the Rs 20,000 crore project which aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats.
"We have started pilot projects in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Tripura. Around 100 kilometres of optical fibre has been laid in Ajmer district and 15 Gram Panchayats have been connected," Bharat Broadband Network Ltd CEO and USOF Administrator N Ravi Shankar said while speaking at an event organised by Internet Service Providers Association of India.
He added that 17 gram panchayats in Parivada block in Vishakhapatnam have been connected with the fibre.     

"But that is only some physical work that has been done. We have to start testing these connectivity," he said.
Last year, the government had approved a project to build a national optic fibre network (NOFN) to connect all the gram panchayats in 36 months.
Gram panchayats are local self-governments at the village or small town level.
The Rs 20,000-crore project is aimed at building a national broadband network to take high-speed internet to the hinterlands.
The government had selected BSNL, RailTel and PowerGrid to execute the project under the special purpose vehicle, BBNL.
"BBNL will use the funds to bridge the gap between existing fibre network and the last mile," Shankar said.


Latest News from India News Desk