Srinagar, Sep 14: The Communication Ministry said that the government has been taking measures on priority to provide connectivity in the far flung, difficult, border areas of strategic importance.
One of the top officials in the Ministry told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) that a tender for 354 uncovered villages in the strategic, remote and border areas of the country was finalised and was under implementation in 144 villages of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and remaining villages in the States of Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and other priority areas of Gujarat.
“These villages have been strategically choosen to cover border area connectivity on mobile. After commissioning of these villages, there will be no uncovered villages in UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh for mobile connectivity,” the official informed.
He informed that Satellite based Digital Satellite Phone Terminal DSPTs are also being provided at 1347 sites for Army, BRO, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB etc. Out of which 183 sites are already commissioned and remaining are in process.
He said that the Department of Telecommunications is also working on providing mobile connectivity in villages of 24 aspirational districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and remaining 44 Aspirational Districts for 7,287 uncovered villages in Chhatisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh will also be covered for which government approval is under submission.