Thursday, December 2, 2021

Govt taking measures on priority to provide connectivity in far flung, difficult, border areas: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Communication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that Government of India has been taking measures on priority to provide connectivity in the far flung, difficult, border areas of strategic importance, so as to ensure better quality of life to the people as well as to those who are working in these areas.

Talking to reporters in New Delhi today, Mr Prasad spoke about various projects being implemented by the Department of Telecommunications to provide connectivity in remote and difficult areas.

He informed that a tender for 354 uncovered villages in the strategic, remote and border areas of the country has been finalised and is under implementation in 144 villages of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and remaining villages in the States of Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and other priority areas of Gujarat.

These villages have been strategically choosen to cover border area connectivity on mobile. Mr Prasad said, after commissioning of these villages, there will be no uncovered villages in UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh for mobile connectivity.

He informed that Satellite based Digital Satellite Phone Terminal DSPTs are also being provided at 1347 sites for Army, BRO, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB etc. Out of which 183 sites are already commissioned and remaining are in process.

The Minister told that Department of Telecommunications is also working on providing mobile connectivity in villages of 24 aspirational districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and remaining 44 Aspirational Districts for 7,287 uncovered villages in Chhatisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh will also be covered for which government approval is under submission.

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