Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the mainland through video conferencing.
The foundation stone for this project was laid by him on December 30, 2018, at Port Blair. The service began on Monday 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.
The OFC will provide cheaper and better high-speed broadband connectivity and ensure reliable mobile telecom services and improve online education, telemedicine, banking system, online trading and boost tourism.
High impact projects are being expanded in 12 islands of Andaman and Nicobar. Apart from providing for better Internet and mobile connectivity, he said efforts were on to improve physical connectivity through road, air and water.
He was referring to the work on two major bridges on NH-4 to improve the road connectivity of North and Middle Andaman. Port Blair Airport is being enhanced to handle a capacity of 1,200 passengers. Besides, airports in Diglipur, Car Nicobar and Campbell-Bay are ready for operation.