Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has completed Ashta Mangal Project Phase-I for improving the connectivity North-East Region.
Under Ashta Mangal Project Phase-I, BSNL has provided reliable connectivity to state capitals of seven sisters states of North-Eastern Regions – Meghalaya, Nagland, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Sikkim & Arunachal Pradesh and Assam, using optical fibre power ground wire (OPGW). The cost of this project was around Rs. 100 crore.
After completion of this project, Guwahati has been connected to Shillong, Aizwal, Agartala, Itanagar, Dimapur, Kohima, Imphal, Tezpur and Nagaon. Gangtok has been connected to Siliguri and Kolkata.
The connectivity of all state headquarters has improved and the people of NE Region have been benefited by getting reliable telecom services in the region. Bandwidth of NE region has been upgraded by additional 810 Gbps by this project.
N.K. Mehta, Director (Enterprise), BSNL said, “BSNL is further expanding telecom connectivity and coverage to far flung areas of this region and taking high speed connectivity to other towns of seven sisters and Assam from their state capitals. This is being done by executing Phase-II of Ashta Mangal Project at an estimated cost of over Rs. 430 crore. Completion of Phase-II will further strengthen the optical fibre cable network between district headquarters and state headquarters in North-East Region. This will help North Eastern states and Assam to grow economically and get better connectivity to the world.”