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BSNL plans to take WiFi internet to villages

Arjun Sharma, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, October 24, 2013
First Published: 18:36 IST(24/10/2013) | Last Updated: 18:41 IST(24/10/2013)

Internet revolution is set to reach villages of Ludhiana as the residents would be able to use WiFi (wireless) internet under a new project of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) for creation of National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN). 

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Control centers would be created in all the 13 blocks of Ludhiana district under the scheme. Work on the first phase of the scheme would be completed before the Lok Sabha elections.

The Centre approved setting of NOFN on October 25, 2011, to provide broadband connectivity in 2.50 lakh gram panchayats across the country. The move was aimed at to monitor various schemes being run by the central government through internet.

Blocks in Ludhiana to be covered by NOFN are: Dehlon, Doraha, Jagraon, Khanna, Khamano, Ludhiana 1, Ludhiana 2, Machiwara, Pakhowal, Raikot, Samrala, Sidhwanbet and Sudhar.

 In the first phase of the scheme, Doraha, Khanna, Ludhiana 2, Machhiwara, Samrala and Sudhar blocks would be covered under NOFN.

General manager of BSNL, Ludhiana, CS Bhanot, said that there was a proposal to set up WiFi in all the 979 gram panchayats of these 13 blocks. He said that laying of optical fibre would soon start and would be completed before the elections next year.

 He also said that a computer centre would be established at every village under the scheme from where the facility would be provided.

The scheme was discussed at a meeting of Telephone Advisory Committee (TAC) in Ludhiana. KK Bawa, a senior Congress leader and member of TAC, said that there were handful of people in villages who will be able to use internet. “I believe that majority of the villagers don’t have computers. BSNL should first set up computer centres in villages where villagers can actually experience what technology is,” said Bawa.

 Another member of TAC Darshan Singh Birmi said that network of BSNL in many areas of the city as well as in villages was not up to the mark and there was need to upgrade the same.

Bhanot said that BSNL was already working on network issues and soon a new technology would be introduced.

Facts
 
Block                     No of Gram Panchayat

Dehlon                              71
Doraha                              56
Jagraon                             55
Khanna                              82
Khamano                           71
Ludhiana-1                        79
Ludhiana-2                       179
Machiwara                        116
Pakhowal                            50
Raikot                                45
Samrala                              61
Sidhwanbet                         90
Sudhar                                24

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