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Govt cancels ₹19,000-cr tender for connecting villages in 16 states with broadband

By Priyanka Verma 
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NEW DELHI: State-owned Bharat Broadband Nigam Ltd has cancelled a ₹19,000-crore tender that was floated for connecting villages throughout 16 states with an optical fibre-based high-speed broadband community, following the shortage of participation of eligible bidders.

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The mission was accredited in June final yr to roll out an optical fibre community beneath BharatNet in 16 states in a public-private partnership mannequin with a complete expense of ₹29,430 crore.

The Centre had accredited a viability hole fund of ₹19,041 crore for the mission that aimed to attach 3.61 lakh villages throughout 16 states.

The mission was divided into 9 packages, and tenders for every of the packages had been floated individually.

For every of the 9 tenders, BBNL on February 8 mentioned the tender of the corresponding package deal “with all its corrigenda is hereby cancelled on account of non-participation by any bidder”.

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An e-mail question despatched to BBNL elicited no response.

Nonetheless, an official supply instructed PTI that there was participation from some corporations; bids had been evaluated; however the contributors didn’t qualify.

“The tender can be floated once more after taking suggestions from the trade. The federal government is dedicated to connecting villages with broadband on the earliest,” the supply, who didn’t want to be named, mentioned.

The federal government opted for a public-private partnership after state-owned corporations confronted a number of points in expediting the tasks and missed a number of deadlines.

The BharatNet mission was accredited in 2011 because the Nationwide Optical Fibre Community with an purpose to attach all 2.5 lakh panchayats with the optical fibre community by 2013.

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The mission now has been prolonged to 2025 now.

In response to official information, over 1.69 lakh village panchayats have been made service-ready for broadband providers beneath BharatNet as of December 31, 2021

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