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Government of India
Ministry of Communications
24-August-2012 16:55 IST
Broadband Connection for Panchayats

 

           

The Government under Bharat Nirman-II is providing broadband coverage to the Gram Panchayats in the country.

The Government has also approved the scheme for creation of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) on 25th October 2011, for providing Broadband connectivity to 2.5 lakh village Panchayats. The objective of this scheme is to extend the existing optical fibre network to Panchayats by utilizing the Universal Services Obligation Fund (USOF).The project is proposed to be completed in 2 years. The proposed cost of initial phase of the NOFN Scheme is Rs. 20, 000 crores (approx.).

NOFN project will be executed by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) i.e. Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL), a company incorporated under Indian Companies Act 1956 fully owned by Central Government, with equity participation from Government, BSNL, Railtel and Powergrid. The Company has been incorporated on 25.2.2012 for this purpose.

The details of panchayats connected through broadband connection (under Bharat Nirman II)  in the country during last three years, State-wise are given here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annexure-I

Broadband Coverage of Village Panch ayats under Bharat Nirman-II Upto 30-06-2012

 

Sl.No

State /UTs

Total number of  VPs

2009-10

 

2010-11

 

2011-12

 

2012-13

 

Cumulative Achievement

 

1

Andaman & Nicobar 

67

56

0

0

0

56

 

2

Andhra Pradesh

21862

10917

1701

2045

411

15074

 

3

Assam 

3943

693

312

1309

151

2465

 

4

Bihar

8460

1744

2472

3795

236

8247

 

5

Chhattisgarh

9837

2150

0

0

0

2150

 

     6

Gujarat (including Dadra Nagar Haveli & Daman Diu)

14439

7014

585

0

0

7599

 

7

Haryana 

6234

3758

1484

409

0

5651

 

8

Himachal Pradesh

3241

1351

309

297

533

2490

 

9

Jammu & Kashmir 

4146

885

0

596

443

1924

 

10

Jharkhand

4559

30

2507

2046

98

4681

 

11

Karnataka

5657

2460

970

498

65

3993

 

12

Kerala

999

989

8

0

0

997

 

13

Lakshadweep

10

5

0

0

0

5

 

14

Madhya Pradesh 

23022

2711

1446

14

28

4199

 

15

Maharashtra (including Goa)

28078

9366

928

0

24

10318

 

16

Tripura

1040

29

825

194

146

1412

 

17

Mizoram**

768

100

75

 

18

Meghalaya**

1463

0

43

 

19

Arunachal Pradesh

1756

70

266

81

28

1487

 

20

Manipur

3011

60

 

21

Nagaland**

1110

982

 

22

Orissa

6233

1379

711

607

368

3065

 

23

Punjab

12809

9642

751

707

70

11170

 

24

Chandigarh

17

16

0

0

0

16

 

25

Rajasthan 

9200

2424

522

0

0

2946

 

26

Tamil Nadu

12617

7450

320

1731

185

9686

 

27

Pondicherry

98

98

0

0

0

98

 

28

Uttar Pradesh

52125

10069

14358

20898

2818

48143

 

29

Uttarakhand 

7546

1356

645

618

238

2857

 

30

West Bengal

3354

1295

292

923

88

2598

 

31

Sikkim

163

66

0

0

0

66

 

 

Total

247864

79165

31530

36768

5930

153393

 

 

** Equivalent Rural Local Bodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was stated by Shri Milind Deora, the Minister of State in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in response to a written question in Rajya Sabha today.

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