Pune to soon get optical fibre cable network

With Internet-related businesses also flourishing, the private companies and government agencies are repeatedly demanding laying of new optical fibre cable network in the city which results in repeated digging of roads.

pune Updated: Feb 03, 2018 22:50 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Pune
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The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to erect special ducts all over the city which will help lay the optical fibre cables through these ducts instead of digging the roads repeatedly. (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Pune municipal commissioner Kunal Kumar has put forth a proposal with the standing committee seeking an optical fibre cable network and a separate department to handle it.

The city has been growing exponentially. With Internet-related businesses also flourishing, the private companies and government agencies are repeatedly demanding laying of new optical fibre cable network in the city which results in repeated digging of roads.

Considering this, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is planning to erect special ducts all over the city which will help lay the optical fibre cables through these ducts instead of digging the roads repeatedly.

As per the municipal corporation’s estimate, there is a Rs.80,000 crore potential of digital market in Pune city. Considering the market size, if the PMC framed a policy and erects the ducts and other facility, it would help generate revenue for the Pune city.

The commissioner put the proposal in front of the standing committee and said that to handle all these new technologies, there is a need to form a separate department in the name of optical fibre infrastructure department within the PMC. This department will handle the maintenance of infrastructure as well suggest various initiates to generate revenue from it.

The PMC is also framing the trenching policy in the city which will force various agencies not to dig the roads and use modern technologies for laying optical fibre cables till the ducts are ready.

The PMC also considered demands from various mobile operator companies, Maharashtra Natural Gas Limited, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited and BSNL and asked their requirements for the next five years. As per data available, there is a 15 per cent growth in their demand for laying of new network and technology.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 22:49 IST