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Smart City Project’s special purpose vehicle — Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation Limited (NSSCDCL) — has offered optical fibre cable to cable operators for television purpose. If the plan materializes, the city will become cable-free and citizens will get high-end connectivity and uninterrupted service.

CEO of NSSCDCL Mahesh Moroney told TOI, “The same optical fibre cable will be provided to cable operators and other service providers for internet after the success of television.”

The optical fibre cable can give high speed internet service with no problems of interruption as NSSCDCL laid it underground.

Moroney held meeting with the officials of NSSCDCL, cable operators and related service providers on Friday. “NSSCDCL will provide optical fibre cable on rental basis. A committee has been constituted to decide feasible rates which will be put up before Board of Directors for approval once finalized,” he said.

In 2016, the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved Rs520 crore- Safe and Smart City Project under the central government’s Smart City Project. Optical fibre cable of 1,200km was laid across the city under the project. Around 3,700 CCTVs, traffic management system and Wi-Fi sets were installed across the city using optical fibre cable. For last two years, the optical fibre cable is being used for giving live feed from CCTVs to City Operation Centre developed at the Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) head office. It is also being used for internet service to Wi-Fi sets and NMC offices.

Moroney said there are 700 junction boxes on this optical fibre cable from where connection will be given to cable operators and other service providers. “Cable operators had laid cables on street light poles, power lines and over the buildings. It dents the look of the city and also causes serious problems in case of damage. City would wear a smart look if overhead cables are removed. Cable operators and other service providers will have to lay underground cables from junction boxes to respective areas,” he said.

Moroney said the proposal was mooted by municipal commissioner Tukaram Mundhe and will be first of its kind in the entire country if it materializes.

In initial stage of Safe and Smart City Project, the NSSCDCL had proposed to provide high speed internet connectivity using optical fibre cable but the plan plunged into doldrums.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Anjaya Anparthi

Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 15.08.2020

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