Centre releases Rs 478 cr for SWAN connectivity

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) Implementation of State Wide Area Network (SWAN) scheme has been completed in Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

The Centre has released Rs 478 crore for providing connectivity to all blocks, tehsils, districts and state headquarters under the SWAN scheme of the Department of Information Technology.

Under the National e-Governance Plan, SWAN connectivity was approved by the Government in March 2005 with an estimated outlay of Rs 3,334 crore and is to be extended to the entire country within a period of 5 years.

Implementation of SWAN is in progress in the states of Assam, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Manipur and Puducherry and it is at an advanced stage in Bihar, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Punjab, West Bengal, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh.

Individual project proposals have been approved for 32 states and union territories, an official release said here today.

In Rajasthan, the financial bid is under evaluation. The bid process has been initiated in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram. Goa and A &N Islands have already implemented Wide Area Networks outside the SWAN Scheme. The project proposal for Lakshadweep is under preparation.

An empowered committee considers and approves SWAN proposals from individual State/UT. After the approval of the empowered committee, a State/UT level Implementation Committee is responsible for implementation of individual project.

Site identification and getting it ready for handing over to the network operators are the major challenges for operationalisation of the network.

The limited penetration of telecom service providers in remote locations and lack of reliable connectivity with appropriate bandwidth are problems in some of the states, especially in the North-East region.

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