New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched and dedicated to the nation, the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the mainland through video conferencing on Monday. The foundation stone for this project was laid by the PM on December 30, 2018 at Port Blair.
This Optical Fibre project links A&N Islands with the rest of the country. Following the launch, the service now begins from Monday itself on a major chunk of the islands from Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Island.
“The connectivity would now enable endless opportunities in the islands,” Modi said. He pointed out that the laying of the 2300 Kms submarine cable in the deep sea was completed before the set target.
The cables were laid for about 2300 kilometers under the sea with specialised vessels. PM said surveying in the deep sea, maintaining the quality of the cable and laying of the cable was not an easy task. The project also had to overcome challenges such as high waves, storms and monsoons and the tough times owing to Corona Pandemic.
The Prime Minister said the Submarine Cable will help A&N in getting cheaper and better connectivity and all the benefits of Digital India, especially in improving online education, telemedicine, banking system, online trading and in boosting tourism.
– globalbihari bureau