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31,680 panchayats connected with internet: Manoj Sinha

The Bharat Net project aims to connect 2.5 lakh village panchayats by March 2019.

  • Published: August 31, 2017 3:16 PM IST
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The government has started internet services in 31,680 out of 2.5 lakh village panchayats under the Bharat Net project, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said.

“Total of 31,680 gram panchayat have been provided internet services under this (Bharat Net) initiative till August 28,” Sinha said in a tweet.

The Bharat Net project aims to connect 2.5 lakh village panchayats with high-speed broadband by March 2019.

As of July 2017, 2,21,925kms of opticalfibre cable (OFC), covering 1,00,299 gram panchayats (GPs), was laid and 25,426 GPs provided with broadband connectivity. ALSO READ: 2.5 lakh gram panchayats to be digitally connected by 2018: Ravi Shankar Prasad 

The Bharat Net project, formerly National Optical Fibre Network, was approved in October 2011.

  • Published Date: August 31, 2017 3:16 PM IST