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CSC stops BharatNet fibre maintenance for pending dues

The government’s Common Service Centre (CSC) has stopped operating and maintaining (O&M) BharatNet’s fibre optic cables and other equipment following a lack of clearance of its dues by Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL).

BharatNet is a government initiative to connect all 6,00,000 villages in the country to high-speed internet through an optic fibre network. CSC is a special purpose vehicle set up by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under the Companies Act, 1956.

An audit of the O&M work done by CSC is currently underway, after which the dues, which have been pending for more than a year, will be released. O&M of the fibre optic cables laid by various agencies under BharatNet are a significant source of revenue for CSC’s village level entrepreneur (VLE).

A senior official said, “CSC has approached RailTel offering to undertake their O&M work. The VLEs have ample experience in such work. The plan is to start with 550 connection points in the Eastern zone after which it may expand countrywide. The agreement for the Eastern zone may be signed soon and CSC will launch the (O&M) work. After that, it may expand to all 6,000 points of RailTel.” VAR India

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