Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government has taken up 2925 gram panchayats (GPs) for broad band connectivity through optical fiber under Bharat Net Phase-II programme. Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi while reviewing the progress of the Phase-I on Wednesday has directed OPTCL to complete the survey work for the Phase-II by end of June.
The Chief Secretary has asked the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) to expedite the service connection to the GPs to which optical fiber has already been laid in Phase-I of Bharat Net Programme.
BSNL was also asked to provide the list of the GPs to which optical fiber has been laid to the Panchayati Raj department for speedy follow up. Development Commissioner Asit Kutnar Tripathy advised the BSNL and BBNL to do effective arrangements at ground level for ensuring uninterrupted connectivity and proper maintenance of the infrastructure.
Electronics & Information Technology department Principal Secretary CJ Venugopal appraised that around 3,810 GPs and 181 blocks have been taken up under Phase-I of the programme. So far 2,094 GPs have been made service ready and handed over to BSNL for service connection. Out of that 231 connections have been made functional. Emphasizing on the need of connectivity up to GP level, Chief Secretary Padhi directed to complete service connection to all the service ready GPs.
Energy Secretary and CMD OPTCL Hemant Kumar Sharma appraised that 2,925 GPs in 30 districts have been taken up under Phase-II of the programme. The scope of the work includes optical cable connectivity from block to BSNL exchange and than from the exchange to GPs and other service points.
Presently survey work is going on. So far 2,771 GPs and 2,80,000 pole locations have been surveyed and geo tagged. Padhi directed to cover all Government institutions at block and GP level in phase-II connectivity.
Additional Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy, Energy Secretary Hemant Sharma, Panchayati Raj Principal Secretary Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh along with senior officers from BBNL, BSNL, OPTCL PGCIL and concerned departments participated in the discussions.