Lucknow: The UP government will be linking 14,100 gram panchayats with an optical fiber network to provide broadband internet services in the next two months. The project has been undertaken under the national broadband mission to digitalize every village in the country.
The state government has already linked 31,149 gram panchayats with the optical fiber network and has set a target of linking a total of 58,000 gram panchayats with broadband connections by December 31, 2022.
“Under this mission launched by the government of India, 50 lakh kilometer of optical fiber cable is to be laid to ensure the availability of high-speed broadband services in rural and remote areas of the state. Tower density is also to be increased from 0.42 to one per 1,000 population, so that access to government schemes can be facilitated in rural areas,” said a government spokesperson.
The spokesperson said that there was a greater urgency in implementing the work as due to the Covid-19 situation classes were being held online and many students in villages were facing a problem with internet connectivity.
On directions from chief minister Yogi Adityanath, chief secretary RK Tiwari constituted a state-level broadband committee under his chairmanship. In the meeting, it was decided to run the mission in three phases. In the first phase, 17,903 gram panchayats in eastern UP and 10,481 gram panchayats in western UP were provided broadband access till December 31, 2020.
The spokesperson said that in the second phase of implementation, 17,032 gram panchayats in eastern UP and 2,195 gram panchayats in western UP will be linked with the optic fiber network till March 31, which could be extended to April 30. After this the third phase will start.
The national broadband mission was launched in 2019 by the central government to set up a large-scale digital infrastructure in rural India.