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Bharat Net Phase-2 may be complete before schedule by Dec

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today expressed hope that the second phase of Net project to provide connectivity to 1.5 lakh gram panchayats will be completed before time byDecember this year.

said financial incentives and disincentives should be built into clauses for the second phase of the project to reward players for on time delivery.

Under Phase-I, one lakh gram panchayats have been provided with hi-speed connectivity.

"We have already started Phase 2...the Cabinet has already approved it. We hope it will be completed well in time by December 2018," saidhere.

She was speaking at a conference to mark the completion of the first phaseof Net project, and to felicitate implementation partners.

Original timeline for completion of the second phase is March 2019.

Stating that the tender process for the second phase has already started, she said state-owned Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has floated its tenders.

"...tenders whereby from 38,000 hotspots, by the end of implementation that is planned for December 2018, will go to half a million hotspots. We believe that will be a game changer," she said.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 14:20 IST