In a significant move to expand digital India program to Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division, Chief Minister Raman Singh announced ‘Bastar Net’ project for strengthening mobile as well as internet connectivity across the insurgency-hit region. “Keeping in view Bastar’s geographical location, a better internet and telecom connectivity is required for the region. Under ‘Bastar Net’ project, optical fibre will be laid to boost the communication system in all seven districts of the division,” Singh said while announcing the scheme during his address at the Independence Day function at the police parade grounds. Also Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
The tribal-dominated Bastar division comprises of seven districts–Kanker, Kondagaon, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Bastar, Sukma and Dantewada–spread in an area about 40,000 sq km in southern part of the state. Under the project, a massive 832-km-long optical fibre cable will be laid at the cost of Rs 40 crore. The network will be based on ‘ring network’ mechanism so that it may provide uninterrupted mobile and internet connectivity through alternative routes, the CM said. Also Read - Mobile internet suspended in Haryana till 5PM on February 1, 2021
Calling the project a ‘digital highway’ for Bastar, he said it will act as a catalyst in bringing about a new revolution in development of a knowledge-based society, opportunity and economy, besides enhancing the transparency, accuracy and accountability of government services. Singh further exuded confidence that the state is heading towards a decisive battle against Naxalism.
“Left wing extremism had hampered the integrated, coordinated and inclusive development of Chhattisgarh but now we have succeeded in exposing such anti-national, anti-democratic and anti-constitutional elements. We are heading towards a conclusive battle to flush out the menace (of Naxalism),” he said.
The coordinated strategy to ensure security and development in the Naxal-affected pockets has been successful.
Recently, the Centre has decided to set up ‘Bastariya Battalion’ of CRPF which will certainly fulfil the dreams of Shaheed Gaind Singh, Veer Gundadhur and Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh (freedom fighters of Chhattisgarh) who had raised voice against suppression and exploitation, Singh said. “I hope ‘Bastariya Battalion’ will be a symbol of courage and bravery of Bastar youth,” he said.