India’s state-run operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), in collaboration with Vihaan Networks Limited (VNL), has completed the installation of world’s largest green telecom network in areas affected by left-wing extremism (LWE) across ten states in the country. This public-private partnership project was a part of the Pragati Programme of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The project was completed much prior to the actual deadline of December 2016. Honoring this achievement, Communication Minister Manoj Sinha offered a plaque and completion certificate to the VNL Founder and Chairman Rajiv Mehrotra. VNL has used indigenously designed and manufactured technology in a record time of fewer than 18 months and is now operating and managing it for a period of five years.
“The Government of India has completed the roll out of a telecom network in areas worst affected by left-wing extremism across ten states in record time as part of a major initiative to boost development in the Red Corridor,” Minister said.
“Keeping in mind the difficult terrain, the absence of roads, electricity, and other infrastructure, we have deployed solar technology to power all equipment on the towers, making this the largest green mobile network anywhere in the world,” VNL Chairman Rajiv Mehrotra said.
As a result of this project, the citizens in the Red Corridor will be able to communicate, gather information on agriculture, utilize banking and other commercial services, and also gain a wide acceptance of health services.
Mr. Anupam Shrivastava, CMD – BSNL added, “India has the second largest mobile subscriber base in the world. The government has fast-tracked reforms in the telecom sector and we continue to be proactive in resonating to the union government’s vision of ‘Make in India and Digital India’. VNL has been a key contributor to this endeavor, having completed the project in record time. Those involved in the felicitation are today’s leaders who are establishing tomorrow’s successes in our telecom sector.”