Bihar will be the first state to connect all 45,945 villages on optical fibre for providing high speed Internet, says Union Minister of Communications & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The project will be completed by 31st March 2021 at an approximate cost of Rs. 1,000 crore of which Rs. 640 crore of capital expenditure will be funded by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT).
The project will be executed by combined efforts of the DoT which has already connected 1.5 lakh gram panchayats across India with optical fibre internet service, along with Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) and Common Service Centres (CSC).
This project will be implemented through CSC SPV by providing one Wi-Fi and five FTTH connections for one year free of cost to identified government institutions, primary schools, anganwadi centres, aasha workers and jeevika didi etc. and one Wi-Fi at a public place in every village of Bihar.
CSC has 34,821 centres throughout the length and breadth of Bihar state and they will utilise this workforce to not only implement this project but also make it professionally run to provide optical fibre internet services for common citizens at every village of Bihar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi termed the day as not only historic for Bihar but for the entire country as the government is taking major steps to make its villages the mainstay of Aatma Nirbhar Bharat and that this is starting from Bihar today.
“Explaining the benefits that accrue through the speedier connectivity, Prime Minister said, “It would provide access to best of the reading material to the students, along with access to tele-medicine and access to information on seeds, new techniques nationwide markets to the farmers apart from real time data on weather conditions. Farmers can also easily transport their produce all over the country and world.”
The project aims to provide broadband connectivity in every village of Bihar through aerial optical fibre and connections will be given free bandwidth for one year.
The objective of the project is to convert villages into digital villages, enhance digital empowerment/awareness and to bridge digital divide and bring digital windows at doorstep thereby leading to inclusive socio-economic growth for rural masses. This project will lead digital services like e-Education, e-Agriculture, Tele-Medicine, Tele-law and other social security schemes to be easily available to all citizens of Bihar at the click of the button.