State-run telecom operator BSNL will expand its network in Chhattisgarh by installing 2,000 new mobile towers in the next two years, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today. “BSNL will set up new 2,000 towers in next two years in Chhattisgarh which will be a historical step to strengthen mobile connectivity in the state,” Prasad said at a press conference here.
Prasad held a meeting with Chief Minister Raman Singh and BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) officials at CM’s official residence this afternoon.
“CM Singh had urged to install 1,600 mobiles towers in the state to improve telecom connectivity. I have spoken to BSNL officials and they have agreed to install as many as 2000 towers,” he said.Earlier, the Union minister and Singh dedicated 146 newly set-up mobile towers in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas of the state, particularly in Bastar.
“Maoists want to cause damage to roads, electricity supply, health and education facilities but through the communication medium, we are doing the job of connecting people. Today, 146 BSNL towers were dedicated in Maoist-hit areas of the state. 35 more towers will soon be installed in these areas,” Prasad said.
In an effort to boost ‘digital drive’, 220 new Wi-Fi spots will be set up in the state, mainly at tourist spots. “The state presently has 27 Wi-Fi spots. In next one-and-half years, this facility will be extended to 220 more places. I have asked to cover prominent tourist places, including temples and waterfalls under the facility,” he said.
On digital governance, Prasad said the government had set the target to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through Bharat Net optical fibre network.
“I had earlier said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was known for four-lane, six-lane and national highway and Narendra Modi government will be known for information highway,” he said.