To improve telecom connectivity in the North-East region, Department of Telecom has proposed forming an inter-ministerial panel to expedite work on lying of optical fiber along the Shillong-Tura electric power line. Also Read - Let our firms take part in 5G trials, China tells India
The Meghalaya government is considering laying optical fiber ground wire (OPGW) along its 208-km long Shillong-Tura high tension electric power line. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 22 crore. Also Read - DoT permits telecom service providers to go ahead with 5G trials
“It is requested that an inter-ministerial committee may be formed with the Department of Telecom, Government of Meghalaya and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) to facilitate expediting the project,” DoT has written in a letter to the Ministry of DoNER. The Meghalaya government has also requested that financial support for the project be extended by Ministry of DoNER. DoT is also willing to be involved in the project, sources said. Also Read - Coronavirus: Telecom operators urge DoT to offer free access to critical sites
The Meghalaya government has stated that benefits accrued by putting OPGW will encompass the entire state and also other regions of North East.