NEW DELHI: The Central Government project BharatNet has alas shown some progress. the Government has laid optic fibre cable (OFC) in 23,604 gram panchayats till July 2015. The project was started during the UPA Government to provide high-speed broadband services in rural areas.
However, the target was to reach 50,000 gram panchayats by March, 2015. The project will cover all the 2.5 lakh panchayats by the end of 2016 as per the target.
An official from the Telecom Department said that the pace of work progress has increased by more than 30 times since the NDA Government has come into power last year.
“When this government took over last year, 250 km of OFC was laid which has been increased to 54,352 km. As of July 2015, OFC laying in 23,604 gram panchayats has been completed,” the official said.
The Project which was initially named as the national optical fibre network (NOFN) was started in 2011 by the UPA Government and the deadline for the project was set to be completed by 2013, which was later deferred to September 2015, the Economic Times reports.
The NDA Government has revised the timeline for the completion of the project and also renamed the project to BharatNet.