Union cabinet approves mobile connectivity provision in LWE-hit areas in 10 states including Odisha

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi chairing 23rd interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT-based, multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, in New Delhi on November 22, 2017.

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the “Universal Service Obligation Fund [USOF]” supported scheme to provide mobile services at 4072 tower locations identified by MHA in inhabited uncovered areas affected by Left Wing Extremism [LWE] of 96 districts in 10 States for Phase-ll project. The total project cost would be Rs.7,330 Crore.

This network would be used by the security personnel deployed in LWE affected areas. Project will also provide the mobile services to help the residents in unconnected inhabited villages which would improve the economic activities in the region. It will give impetus to the e-Governance activities in the backward and LWE affected area with the availability of digital mobile connectivity.

The numbers of Tower locations proposed in the 10 States are as follows:

S.No.

 

States

 

Districts

 

Number of Tower locations
1

 

Andhra Pradesh

 

8

 

429

 

2

 

Bihar

 

8

 

412

 

3

 

Chhattisgarh

 

16

 

1028

 

4

 

Jharkhand

 

21

 

1054

 

5

 

Madhya Pradesh

 

1

 

26

 

6

 

Maharashtra

 

2

 

136

 

7

 

Odisha

 

18

 

483

 

8

 

Telengana

 

14

 

118

 

9

 

Uttar Pradesh

 

3

 

179

 

10

 

West bengal

 

5

 

207

 

Total

 

10 states

 

96

 

4072

 

 

Background:

A. LWE Phase I project

The LWE phase-l project for providing the mobile services using 2G technology in LWE Areas with a total sanctioned cost of Rs, 4080.78 Cr is on completion.
Total 2335 sites are radiating out of total 2355 as on date.

B. LWE-Phase-II project

MHA in consultation with the concerned states has identified 4072 tower locations for the communication need of the security personnels deployed in 96 districts of 10 states and provided to DoT on 27th October, 2017.
Technology proposed in the Phase-ll project has been upgraded according to the requirement of Stakeholders. Now 2G and 4G technology is being deployed in this project for providing the mobile connectivity.

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