The Telegraph
Thursday , November 12 , 2015

Project delay

Agartala, Nov. 11: Two lakh Internet users in Tripura will have to wait for another seven to eight months to get a stable network as BSNL has failed to lay submarine cables till Akhaura in Agartala.

The state was supposed to be major beneficiaries of the Internet submarine cable which was to be connected to the telecom company's tower at Akhaura from Chittagong submarine cable station across Bangladesh.

A deal was finalised during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Bangladesh in June.

At the time of the foundation stone laying programme in July, it was promised to make Agartala an international gateway of submarine cable by six months. But there are clear signs that the promise is falling flat.

At present, the country has four submarine cable network gateways - Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai - and Agartala will be fifth international gateway of submarine cable after the connectivity with Bangladesh is completed.

According to sources in BSNL, the telecom ministry, which was supposed to supply equipment to BSNL Tripura SSA (secondary switching areas) has failed to do it till the date, leading to unnecessary delay in the execution of the project.

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