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Installing fibre optic to provide internet, telephone connectivity in Bastar dist: Raman Singh

Updated: Aug 15, 2016 18:59 IST

Raipur, Aug. 15 (ANI): After connecting remote areas of Bastar district with railway and road networks of rest of the country, the Chhattisgarh Government has undertaken a project to install fibre optic network across the district to provide Internet and telephone connectivity even in far-flung areas.

On the occasion of Independence Day, Chief Minister Raman Singh announced to 'Bastar Net Project', under which the state government would create a "Digital Highway" by installing 832 km fibre optic cable at an estimated cost of Rs. 40 crores.

This fibre optic network will be of ring type and not linear so that if it gets disconnected at one point, the network will still function in loop.

Interacting with reporters on the sidelines of an I-Day function organised at the Police Parade Ground, Chief Minister Raman Singh said, "Connectivity is important for the development of any region. We are providing road and railway connectivity; and now through fibre optic line, we are trying to provide Internet and telephone connectivity in remote areas of the state."

Although the Centre has a scheme in place for installing fibre optic cables, the state government chose to bring its own project to avoid unnecessary delay in the process. "The Government of India also has a scheme in place, but that would have delayed the process. That is why we formulated and sanctioned a special project to give better connectivity to the entire Bastar."

He further said it would be helpful in areas of education, healthcare and for the development of villages. "We can develop 27 types of services for the development of villages. The mission was started today," he added. (ANI)