In a rare feat, two government departments in Andhra Pradesh have succeeded geo-tagging of 3.6 lakh electricity poles in four days to enable laying of aerial fibre network to provide internet and broadband connections at Rs. 150 per month to 1.3 crore households in the State. The government intends to complete rolling of broadband connections by December.
The Investment & Infrastructure and Energy and the Rural Development departments executed the challenging exercise for the ambitious plan of Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu. The two departments were tasked with the job after the government estimated that the private GPS/GIS agencies will take not less than six months and charge any where between Rs.6 crore and Rs.10 crore. "The deadline for the entire project is December, 2015. If the geo-tagging alone takes months, we cannot meet the deadline set by the Chief Minister Naidu to roll out broadband connections," senior officials told The Hindu .
The location-specific (GIS) data on poles and sub-stations is needed for laying "aerial fibre network" which rides overhead on the existing electricity poles to provide internet connection. There are 3.6 lakh of poles and 2,600 substations spread around 23,000 km.