Minister of State for Communications (Independent Charge) and Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha had inaugurated the new corporate office of Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) at East Kidwai Nagar, New Delhi, yesterday.
Addressing the members of the press and media immediately after the inauguration, the Minister said, “BBNL has played a key role in leading the successful implementation of the BharatNet project for digitally connecting all 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats (GPs) in the country. The objective of this flagship project of our Government is to facilitate the delivery of e-governance, e-health, e-education, e-banking, and other services to citizens in every part of our country, on a non-discriminatory basis. We have completed approximately 50% of the project, and the remainder is targeted for completion by March 2019.”
The new BBNL corporate office has been taken on a 30-year lease from the Ministry of Urban Development, through NBCC (India) Limited. The total office space area is 36,597 sq. ft., with a designated area where students from academic institutions can get a glimpse of BharatNet.
At the occasion, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan also commented saying, “The consolidation of BBNL operations in this new office has come at the right time – when the focus of the organization is expanding from implementation to also cover critical areas such as utilization and maintenance of the BharatNet infrastructure.”