Connectivity boost to Andamans: PM

The Prime Minister during the launch of the submarine Optical Fibre Cable, connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the mainland, said that the connectivity would provide a boost to many sectors, including tourism.

A submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the mainland was launched, providing a boost to many sectors, including tourism. Speaking on the launch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the laying of the 2300-km submarine cable would enable harness opportunities in the islands.

The Prime Minister said that the service had begun on a major chunk of the islands from Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman, and Port Blair to Swaraj Island. The Prime Minister said the submarine cable will help Andaman & Nicobar in getting cheaper and better connectivity and all the benefits of Digital India, especially in improving online education, telemedicine, banking system, online trading and in boosting tourism.

PM said that the Indian Ocean has been the center of India’s trade and strategic prowess for thousands of years and that Andaman & Nicobar is an important center for India’s Economic-Strategic Cooperation.

He said all the Islands of India would be playing an important role under India’s new trade strategy for the Indo-Pacific region.

Modi said under the Act-East policy, the role of Andaman and Nicobar in India’s strong relations with East Asian countries and other countries connected to the sea is very high and is going to increase. Apart from providing for better internet and mobile connectivity, he said the effort is to further improve physical connectivity through road, air, and water. The Prime Minister referred to the work on two major bridges and the NH-4 in order to improve the road connectivity of North and Middle Andaman.

He said the Port Blair Airport is being enhanced to handle a capacity of 1200 passengers. Along with this, the airports are ready for operations in Diglipur, Car Nicobar, and Campbell-Bay.

Modi said the passenger terminal in Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, and Long Island along with water aerodrome infrastructure like floating jetty will be ready in the coming months.

Source: ET TravelWorld

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