Brushing aside any delay in the project, Government today said the digital connectivity programme -- BharatNet has achieved the target of laying optic fibre in one lakh Gram Panchayats and very soon connectivity will be established in all the villages.
“BharatNet has picked up tremendously. Now the optic fibre has reached one lakh GPs which was the target that had been set. The equipments have reached about 70,000 GPs. So we expect that the lighting will happen now fast”, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundarajan told Bureaucracy Today.
The first phase of the project to connect 1 lakh GPs is still going on in terms of last mile connectivity and but has missed the deadlines several times.
The original target set by the government for laying down OFC in 1 lakh gram panchayats was March 2015, but was later advanced to March 2017. The March 2017 deadline of giving connectivity could not be met as equipment were not in place. The delays have led to cost overruns also by near 90%.
Now the government is is stepping up efforts to speed up to meet the deadline of December 2018 to connect all 250,000 gram panchayats with high-speed internet.