CHANDIGARH: The Haryana government has directed its departments to grant ‘right of way’ clearance to Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited for laying down an optical fibre cable (OFC)-based communication network for defence services in the state.
The information technology department has issued instructions to forest, industries, town and country planning urban local bodies and development and panchayat departments and all the deputy commissioners in this regard.
The departments have been asked to facilitate expeditious RoW clearance for the defence OFC route passing through the state.
BSNL is rolling out 57,000 km OFC-based network in of the spectrum being released by the Union ministry of defence for the telecom players. The Union defence ministry had on August 17, 2010 requested the Haryana government to ensure expeditious RoW clearance for the OFC routes as the implementation of the project in a time bound manner is of nation al importance.
“Any delay in roll out activities for the OFC network is likely to have an adverse effect on exploitation of mission critical capabilities of the armed forces,” the Union defence secretary wrote to the state government.
BSNL, which is implementing the project in “mission mode“, has been asked to complete it by March 2012.