ITI has received Letter of Intent (LoI) for selection as the Project Implementation Agency (PIA) for MahaNet-I (BharatNet Phase II) in Maharashtra for order worth Rs. 2,658 crore for two packages, A and C, issued by Maharashtra Information Technology Corporation Ltd.
Both the packages together will cover 18 districts, 110 talukas and 8,695 gram panchayats in Maharashtra state.
As part of BharatNet Phase II, MahaNet aims to digitally connect nearly 13,000 gram panchayats to blocks through underground/aerial optical fiber and extend broadband connectivity to all the gram panchayats using IP-MPLS technology based products and extend broadband to local populace through WiFi hotspots.
The scope of work for these packages includes laying of Optical Fibre Cable (OFC underground and aerial) including site survey, planning, procurement, design, implementation network at talukas and GPs as well as operations & maintenance of the network. It also includes radio connectivity for gram panchayats that cannot be connected through fiber, implementation of horizontal connectivity to government premises, schools and PHCs. Around 38,000 kms fiber cable has to be laid, that includes underground and aerial fiber to connect gram panchayats with blocks, district centers and state headquarter.
Highlighting on the implementation of MahaNet, K. Alagesan, Chairman and Managing Director, ITI said, “We hope that with acceptance of our bids for two packages (package A and C) of MahaNet project, this will improve the ITI’s order book position. ITI has implemented BharatNet Phase I in several states including Maharashtra and the MahaNet project gives us an opportunity for further contribution to the BharatNet project.”
ITI has also been declared as L1 in the RajNet project of the state of Rajasthan. The scope of the project includes supply of 40,000 WiFi hotspots, 200 towers, 3,000 masts, 10,000 Micro BTS, 800 BTS and also annual maintenance of the same. ITI is likely to get Rs. 212 crore as part of L1 order.