GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 3409
TO BE ANSWERED ON 31ST MARCH, 2017
GRAM PANCHAYATS CONNECTED THROUGH OFCs
Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS be pleased to state:
(a)The Number of Gram Panchayats (GPs) connected through Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) as on 15 March, 2017;
(b)Out of the GPs where OFC have been laid, how many have live and functioning internet;
(c)The steps taken by Government to effectively resolve last mile connectivity challenges;
(d)The expected timeline by which all GPs under NOFN project would have live and functioning internet; and
(e)Whether Government is monitoring the functioning of DoT with regard to disbursal of funds towards NOFN project after Parliamentary Committee on IT expressed its displeasure towards DoT’s lack of proactive involvement in the project?
THE MINISTER OF STATE (IC) OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS & MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF RAILWAYS
(SHRI MANOJ SINHA)
(a)Phase-I of Bharat Net to connect 1,00,000 Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the country is being implemented currently. As on 19.03.2017, trenching and ducting has been completed for 2,20,643 Km (97,947 GPs), Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) has been laid for 1,78,917 Km (78, 478 GPs).
(b)As on 19.03.2017, 16,833 Gram Panchayats have been provided with broadband connectivity.
(c)Steps taken by the Government to effectively resolve last mile challengers are as below:
iii. Pilot Projects for testing technology and/or commercial model for last mile architecture.
(d)Bharat Net Project to provide broadband connectivity to all GPs is scheduled to be completed by December, 2018.
(e)Empowered committee under Secretary, Department of Telecom (DoT) and steering committee headed by Administrator, USOF have been set up by the Department of Telecom for monitoring and resolution of issues regarding Bharat Net. Funds for Bharat Net are made available to USOF from consolidated fund of India by Ministry of Finance after Parliament’s approval.
The proposed, allotment & disbursement of funds towards Bharat Net/ NOFN for the years 2012-13 to 2016-17 is given below:
(Rs. In crore)
|2016-17 (till 23.03.2017)||6462.00||*4617.00||4617.00|
*Rs. 6000 crore has been allocated for Bharat Net in FY 2016-17.