Civic body panel approves optical fibre duct policy

ST Correspondent
Tuesday, 13 February 2018

According to the policy, four ducts will cover 2,300 km of roads. Henceforth, every contractor of water supply department and drainage department will have to lay down a duct for optical fibre cables.

PUNE: For developing digital infrastructure in the city, Pune Municipal corporation (PMC) Standing Committee gave the green signal to the civic administration’s ‘Optical Fibre Duct’ policy on Monday. The plan includes laying down a 1,400-km duct across the city in first phase and generate revenue by leasing out the duct to private Internet service providers. 

According to the policy, four ducts will cover 2,300 km of roads. The work will start simultaneously with 24x7 water project. Henceforth, every contractor of water supply department and drainage department will have to lay down a duct for optical fibre cables.  

Municipal Commissioner Kunal Kumar said, “The PMC will set up a separate department for laying and maintaining the optical fibre cable. The PMC will rent out two out of the four ducts and generate revenue.”

He said, “Optical fibre policy will help increase IT-based services in the city. The PMC will get Rs 1,500 crore in 10 years after operating a system.”

“Right now, we gave them permission to lay down cables through the duct. The PMC charges companies for digging up roads and then we have to spend money to repair the roads. If we provide a duct to them, there will be no digging of roads and we can charge telecom companies, which will become part of our revenue generation,“ he added. 

Kumar added, “We are moving to offer Wi-Fi facility with high speed Internet  for the entire city.”

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