SHILLONG, May 23 - The Union Cabinet today approved of the Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan (CTDP) for Meghalaya at an estimated project cost of Rs 3,911 crore.
The plan will be funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund. The Cabinet also approved of the enhanced cost of the CTDP project for the NE region for an amount of Rs 8,120.81 crore. A sum of Rs 5,336.18 crore was approved by the Cabinet for the region in 2014.
The Cabinet meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, envisaged upgrading mobile connectivity in Meghalaya, especially those uncovered under the CTDP, an official release stated.
Under the plan, 2G and 4G mobile coverage in identified uncovered areas and 2G and 4G seamless mobile coverage along the national highways in Meghalaya will be provided.
The overall objective of the plan is to strengthen the telecom network which, in turn, will lead to affordable and equitable access to communication, information and governance for people. Moreover, it will provide access of the mobile network to unreached people of Meghalaya and empower citizens with the benefits of Information and Communication Technology for furthering socio-economic development.