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PM Modi On Submarine Cable To Boost Network: "Big Day For Andaman,Nicobar"
The government is also working on a ₹ 10,000 crore trans-shipment port project, expected to be completed in the next four-five years, he shared.
PM Modi On Submarine Cable To Boost Network: "Big Day For Andaman, Nicobar"
New Delhi: This morning PM Modi inaugurated a 2,300 km undersea high-speed broadband project in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The submarine Optical Fibre Cable or OFC link connecting Chennai and Port Blair will boost network speed and enable the delivery of more reliable mobile and landline telecom services to Andaman and Nicobar Island, which is a popular tourists destination.
The project will be a major boost to tourism, PM Modi said calling it a "big day" for the union territory.PM Modi also said that it is an "early Independence Day gift".
"A pandemic such as a coronavirus was not able to hinder our speed and the work was completed before time. It was the responsibility of the nation to provide people of Andaman and Nicobar with connectivity. This is an early gift for the people of Andaman and Nicobar on Independence Day," PM Modi said this morning while inaugurating the project via video conferencing.
The Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Islands submarine OFC project, which started about two years ago(December 2018), is said to be the first-of-its-kind service in India. It is expected to give a boost to tourism, businesses, jobs, living standards, telemedicine, e-commerce, and digital education.
"Laying 2,300 km cable undersea and that too, before schedule, while also maintaining the quality of the cable is a commendable job.
This is not an easy project," the Prime Minister said."In 12 islands of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, high-impact projects are being expanded. A major issue of mobile and internet connectivity has been solved today, and we're working towards solving road, air, and water connectivity. Better internet connectivity is one of the first needs of any tourism hub. This problem has now been solved," he added.
PM Modi stressed while dedicating the project to the nations, adding that the project is an "evidence" of the government's "commitment to ease of living" said that "Tourists will now be in no rush to return and thus, they will enjoy the sea-food and the islands. This will help tourism and employment in the region".
"The Indian Ocean has been the centre of India's trade and strategic prowess for thousands of years. Now that India is following the new policy and practice of trade and cooperation in Indo-Pacific, the importance of our islands including Andaman and Nicobar has increased further.
Under the Act-East policy, Andaman and Nicobar's role in India's strong relations with East Asian countries and other countries associated with the sea is crucial and it is going to increase," PM Modi underlined during the video address.
PM Modi said that all the modern infrastructure that is being developed in Andaman Nicobar is a key aspect for the blue economy, PM Modi said, adding: "A major part of the blue economy is fisheries, aquaculture and sea-weed farming. Several countries are exploring the possibilities of sea-weed farming today."