In a significant development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated projects worth ₹1,156 crore during his visit to the Lakshadweep islands. Among these projects is the Kochi-Lakshadweep Islands Submarine Optical Fibre Cable, a ₹1,072-crore initiative providing 100 Gbps internet connectivity to the islands.
Enhancing Connectivity and Internet Speeds
The undersea cable link, executed by Japanese firm NEC and laid by BSNL, promises 100 times faster internet for the residents of Lakshadweep. Covering 1,868 kilometers, it connects Kavaratti, Agatti, Amini, Kadmat, Chetlet, Kalpeni, Minicoy, Androth, Kiltan, Bangaram, and Bitra. This initiative allows telecom companies to offer 4G, 5G, and high-speed broadband for the first time in the archipelago.
Multi-Faceted Development Initiatives
Apart from the internet cable, other projects include a thermal desalination plant, tap connections under Jan Jeevan Mission, a solar power plant, and the headquarters of Indian Reserve Battalion. The PM also laid the foundation for healthcare facility renovation and Nand Ghar model Anganwadis on different islands.
Empowering Youth through Education and Infrastructure
Highlighting the absence of higher education institutions in the past, PM Modi emphasized recent steps to address this issue. Initiatives include launching educational institutions for arts and science on Andrott and Kadmat islands and a Polytechnic College in Minicoy. The PM also distributed laptops to college students, bicycles to girl school students, Kisan Credit Cards, and PMJAY Cards, showcasing a holistic approach towards the socio-economic development of Lakshadweep.
Important Questions Related to Exams
What is the primary objective of the Kochi-Lakshadweep Submarine Optical Fibre Cable project?
- Which company executed the undersea cable project, and what is its significance for the residents of Lakshadweep?
- Highlight two key infrastructure projects inaugurated by PM Modi in Lakshadweep, contributing to the socio-economic development of the islands.
How is the government addressing the lack of higher education institutions in Lakshadweep, according to PM Modi’s statements during the visit?
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