While the central government is already keen for modern infrastructure in urban areas of Jammu and Kashmir, now the thrust is on the rural areas.
In the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar various projects are under completion under smart city projects.
Now the focus is on the development of rural areas and recently the Chief Secretary in a meeting asked for extending internet connectivity at the panchayat level.
FTTH connections along with other activities are being undertaken under Bharat net project in the rural areas of Jammu and Kashmir.
The project aims to provide affordable broadband services to citizens and institutions in rural and remote areas, towards realization of the vision of ‘Digital India’.
In Jammu & Kashmir, 988 Gram Panchayats (GPs) have been declared service ready by Bharat Broadband Network Ltd. (BBNL) under Bharat Net project of GoI. The administration here intends to further extend the connectivity of 427Gram Panchayats to various J&K UT government owned departments viz school, Anganwadi, Health Centre, Police Station, Post office etc. and also provide private broadband connections (FTTH connections) in the rural areas.
The J&K government owned offices and private FTTH connections in each GPs are likely to be connected via internet connection under Bharat-Net project in Jammu & Kashmir. In this direction asset creation at Gram Panchayat for FTTH roll out shall be created by procuring GPON, OLT, ONT and related accessories which shall be provided by ISP to roll out FTTH service in the village.