MP raises Starred Question No.165 regarding Project of Sub-Marine Optical Fiber for Andaman

Port Blair, Mar 09: Mr. Bishnu Pada Ray, Member of Parliament has raised starred question No.165 in the floor of Parliament seeking present status of the project for laying Marine Optical Fiber Cable from Chennai to Port Blair which to be replied by the Ministry of Communication.
In reply to the starred question No.165,Mr. Manoj Sinha, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Communication has given the following information:
“On 21.09.2016, the Govt. approved the proposal for provision of Submarine Optical Fiber Cable connectivity between Chennai and Port Blair, and five other Islands of A & N Islands i.e. Car Nicobar, Little Andaman, Havelock, Kamorta & Great Nicobar Island. The total capital cost of this project is Rs: 880.03 crores to be funded from USOF, and operating cost of Rs:44.47 crores per year to be borne by MHA/UT. Further, on the basis of need communicated by the UT Administration, the Submarine OFC connectivity for more two Islands i.e. Rangat and Long Island have also included in the project on 22.08.2017. The total additional capital cost for these two Islands is Rs:51.00 crores. The BSNL has been nominated as the Project Execution Agency, while TCIL has been nominated as Technical Consultant. After consultation with the Ministry of Defence, BSNL floated the tender on 07.07.2017 for design, engineering, procurement, installation, testing and commissioning of four Fiber Pair Submarine Cable System between Chennai and A & N Islands on Turnkey basis. Tender has been opened on 06.02.2018 and is under evaluation. In reply to the question for the time frame of completion of the project, the Minister of State for Ministry of Communication has given assurance for completion of the project within two years from the date of award of work,” the reply said.

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