Chief Minister Kalikho Pul wants to make Internet connectivity and wireless telecom services reach every Arunachali citizen, no matter where they live. Detailing his plan during a meeting with BSNL officials on Thursday , the Chief Minister aimed for spreading the wireless telecom services, particularly in the remote areas till the last mile connectivity. He discussed with the officials the initiatives to provide support for building the needed infrastructure and to facilitate speeding up the installation of the needed equipment and machineries.
The Chief Minister emphasized on new GSM mobile connectivity for remote border places such as Anelih, Mipi, Vijaynagar, Pumao, Payum, Tali, Pipsorang, Parsi Parlo, Lada, Thambang, Thingbu and Balemu.
He stressed that wherever GSM services could not be availed due to connectivity barriers, other means of telecom services such as WLL and Digital Satellite Phone Terminal (DSPT) should be provided.
He emphasized that wireless telecom connectivity in the border areas will also be helpful in reporting border intrusions by the enemy forces, attaching great importance in terms of country’s security, especially during the natural calamities where information on time can save many precious lives.
To provide stable and alternate telecom connectivity, the Chief Minister discussed on the plans to use the power lines of the 132 KV transmission lines for laying of optical fibre. He informed that necessary directives will be issued on that matter and assured that the state government will provide all administrative and financial support to BSNL’s initiative for initiating fast momentum of telecom services in the state.
The CM also promised to waive off high electricity bills for the BSNL, and assured to provide new electricity connections at reasonable rates for the telecom services to be expedited.
Pointing out the repeated damage to optical fibre and the resultant disruption of internet connectivity due to digging of roads for reconstruction and widening of roads, the Chief Minister issued directives to the highway agencies that proper precautions and care must be taken before commencing of any works. In case, during the work if the cable is damaged, it should not be left unattended but must be repaired as early as possible in the interest of the public.
The meeting was attended by Dilip Siram, General Manager, BSNL and Rajkumar Kulkarni, Divisional Engineer, BSNL.