The announcement was made at the state level implementation committee meeting chaired by Chief Secretary AP Padhi on 20 June. He directed OPTCL (Odisha Power Transmission Corporation Limited) to complete the survey work for Phase-II by end of June.
BBNL (Bharat Broadband Network Limited)and BSNL authorities were directed to expedite the service connection to the GPs to which optical fiber has already been laid in Phase-I of Bharat Net Program. BSNL was also asked to provide the list of the GPs to which optical fiber has been laid to the state government in Panchayati Raj department for speedy follow up.
As per Electronics and IT secretary C J Venugopal, around 3,810 GPs and 181 blocks have been taken up under Phase-I of the program. So far 2,094 GPs have been made service ready and handed over to BSNL for service connection; out of that 231 connections have been made functional.