Union Budget 2018, Bharatnet Project: FinMin Proposes Allocation Of Rs 8,175 Crore To Complete Phase-II

To further promote the Centre’s BharatNet project for providing broadband services in 2.5 lakh gram panchayats of the country, the finance ministry has proposed an allocation of Rs 8,175 crore, which will be used towards completing the second phase of the programme under which 1.5 lakh gram panchayats will be covered. In total, the Budget has allotted Rs 14,500 crore for 2018-19 to augment telecom infrastructure projects, which includes Rs 4,500 crore for an alternate communication network for defence services.

The BharatNet project aims to connect 2.5 lakh gram panchayats by March 2019. “The task of connecting 1 lakh gram panchayats with high speed optic fibre network has been completed under Phase-I of Bharat Net Program. This has enabled broadband access to cover…rural Indians in about 2.5 lakh villages.

The government also proposed to set up 5 lakh wifi hotspots which will provide broadband access to 5 crore rural citizens,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said during the Budget speech. Read More…

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