The government is going to begin its second and last hase of Bharatnet project on 13 November 2017, in which it will provide broadband services to Panchayats all over India, and is going to spend at least 34 thousand crores in the process. Under the project, the government will connect 1.5 Lakh Gram Panchayats, and aims to complete the task until March 19. 10 lakhs Kilometers of fiber, and 75 percent less costly materials will be used for the project. All the materail will be made in India. “We will tomorrow launch phase 2 of BharatNet to connect 1.5 lakh gram panchayats with high-speed broadband by March 2019. Phase 1 of the project, under which 1 lakh GPs were to be connected, will be completed by the end of this year. We expect telecom operators to provide at least 2 megabit per second speed to rural households,” Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararaja commented on Sunday.
“The total project cost of BharatNet is around Rs 45,000 crore, of which Rs 11,200 crore have been used for the first phase. After rural exchange rollout in the country when telecom services started, this is the biggest project involving domestically manufactured products for the entire project,” Sundararajan further explained about the upcoming project, which will be launched by Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, Law and Human Resource Development Minister along with IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Assam, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu Kashmeer are among the states where the connectivity hasn’t reached yet.