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OPTCL bags Rs 600 cr project to connect GPs with internet




 Odisha Power Transmission Corporation, OPTCL has clinched a major project worth over Rs.600 crore for laying optical fibre in Gram Panchayats for internet connection.

OPTCL, a state owned Transmission Utility, will be implementing Bharat Net Phase-II project in Odisha, thanks to the joint drive of senior officials of the State Government.

Principal Secretary of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DoeitY) Ashok Meena and Secretary Energy and CMD OPTCL & GRIDCO Hemant Sharma made serious efforts to grab the major project for the State utility even as the project was supposed to be implemented by Central transmission utilities, said officials in know of the development.

Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) is implementing the program through three Central PSBs - BSNL, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) and RailTel -  in the country. But implementation of this massive project has been slow due to a variety of reasons, admit officials

Progress in implementation of Bharat Net Phase-I in Odisha being carried out by PGCIL has been found to be very slow.

State Government has time and again raised the issue of tardy progress in implementation of Bharat Net Phase I in Odisha, said an official while blaming PGCIL for setting new time lines always for completion of the project, said sources.

Apparently keeping this in view OPTCL grabbed the opportunity along with Odisha Computer Application Centre (OCAC) for executing the project, a senior official of OPTCL said.

Ministry of Telecommunications have selected OPTCL and OCAC as State Implementing Agency(SIA) for laying of 13,511 km of optical fibre (ADSS OFC) in 2564 Gram Panchayats (GP) under 133 Blocks of 15 Districts of Odisha on the Detailed Project Report (DPR) prepared by OCAC at an estimated value of Rs 673 Crore .

All Die-electric self support(ADSS) fibre is the aerial optical cable best suitable for laying on 33 KV & 11KV electric poles under Power Distribution Companies (DISCOM)s for its added advantages like light weight, small cross-section, fast installation & easy maintenance over underground OFC cable.

The project is meant for increasing the access to broad band connectivity and internet penetration in rural areas.

As the connectivity plan for phase II of Bharat Net is planned partly on aerial OFC and Odisha has the robust power infrastructure to the GP Level, OPTCL is better placed to implement the project, said sources familiar with the development adding that as most of the Government schemes are now designed on e-governance platform, implementation of this project would definitely enhance the scheme performances.

This apart, the rural people with high speed internet connectivity of 100 Mbps can access many internet dependent applications like e-procurement, e-banking, e-commerce etc.

It will be a boon for transforming the vision of Digital Odisha, said a senior official of DoeitY.






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