Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated 2300 kilometre submarine optical fibre cable network between Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Mr Modi said this project is Union government’s commitment for Ease of living. Saying this project will boost tourism in the Islands, Prime Minister expressed happiness for completion of the project before deadline.
Mr Modi said this is Independence Day gift for Andaman and Nicobar islands people . He said not only Andaman people will get a big boost but also sea trade will rise exponentially. Mr Modi said, high speed net in Andaman and Nicobar islands is a big day as the people will get all the benefits of digital India. Saying connectivity is part of tourism growth, Prime minister emphasised the tourists who will travel to the Islands will also be benefitted by the digital initiative. Information and Technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was also present on the occasion.
This cable project is running 2313 kilometre under-sea between Chennai and Portblair at the cost of rupees 1,224 Crore. Seven islands of Andaman and Nicobar islands other than Portblair are connected namely Swaraj Dweep, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat. This will boost digital services like tele-education, tele-health, e-governance services and toursim on the island.
The Chief Secretary of Andaman Nicobar islands Chetan B Sanghi stated that the undersea optical fibre cable project connecting Port Blair-Chennai and seven other islands is a historic one. A twenty year old dream of the islanders comes true with the inauguration of the project by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The project has been completed in time even at the time of COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the Andaman and Nicobar has been connected with the rest of the world, the day will be remembered for a very long time in the history of the Islands. The project will provide a new boon to local tourism.