The government of Odisha has set the target to provide high-speed internet connectivity to all gram panchayats (GP) in phases by April 2021.

The target was announced at state-level implementation committee meeting held under the chairmanship of chief secretary Asit Tripathy.

Reviewing the progress, Tripathi directed to expedite implementation of the Phase-II BharatNet programme and provide connectivity to all GPs by April 2021.

Further, he also directed provision of Wi-Fi connectivity at the main activity points of the GPs so that all government offices access the connectivity. During the meeting, it was decided that each GP would have five connection points for utilisation by development institutions and government offices.

According to the government, as of now 22, 541 kms of optical fibre cable has been laid against the target of 27,610 Kms. The balance of 5,069 kms will be completed soon. Further, 4,651 GPs and 230 blocks have been provided the connectivity and rest of the blocks and GPs will be linked up in phases.