Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched and dedicated to the nation, the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Islands to the mainland through video conferencing thereby enabling endless opportunities in the islands.
He said the laying of the 2,300 Kms of submarine cable and completing it before the set target is very praise worthy.
The service had begun today on a major chunk of the islands from Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Island.
The Prime Minister admired the laying of cables for about 2,300 kilometers under the sea as surveying in the deep sea, maintaining the quality of the cable and laying of the cable with specialised vessels is not an easy task. The project also had to overcome challenges such as high waves, storms and monsoons and the tough times owing to Corona Pandemic.
The Prime Minister said providing better and cheap connectivity to the people of Andaman & Nicobar islands is the responsibility of the country. He congratulated all those who were associated with the project.
He said this Optical Fibre Project which links A&N islands with the rest of the country is an example of the commitment of the government towards ease of living. He said the government is committed to the speedy development of national security linked border areas and island states.
The submarine cable will help A&N in getting cheaper and better connectivity and all the benefits of Digital India, especially in improving online education, tele-medicine, banking system, online trading and in boosting tourism.
He said all islands of India would be playing an important role under India’s new trade strategy for Indo-Pacific region. Modi said under the Act-East policy, the role of Andaman and Nicobar in India’s strong relations with East Asian countries and other countries connected to the sea is very high and is going to increase.
The Prime Minister said a country which has a better network of ports and their connectivity will be able to provide a boost to trade in the 21st century. He said when India is moving forward with the resolve of self-sufficiency and is establishing itself as an important player in the global supply and value chain, it is very important to strengthen our network of waterways and our ports.