Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has received approval from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to build submarine cable systems for high-capacity and high-speed internet connectivity from Mumbai to Europe and Asia. The cable systems, India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) and India-Asia-Xpress (IAX), are the largest globally and are expected to be ready between 2023 and 2024. 

Earlier, MoEFCC’s expert appraisal committee for projects involving coastal zone regulations recommended the project for approval in view of its importance for network connectivity. 

IEX in the Arabian Sea and open seas will connect Mumbai to Europe, with landings in the Middle East and Africa (Oman, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) as well as through the Mediterranean Sea with landings in France, Italy and Greece, further expanding to US Coast (East).

Meanwhile, IAX consists of 12 cable landings in five countries with the main trunk from Tuas (Singapore) to Mumbai and branches to Chennai, Matara (Sri Lanka), Satun (Thailand), and Morib (Malaysia).

The two cable systems will take off from Versova beach and Silver beach in Mumbai, respectively.