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.
Another 144 Gram Panchayats connected through Broadband under BharatNet on 28th August pic.twitter.com/krO4i0tcw0
— Manoj Sinha (@manojsinhabjp) August 29, 2017
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.