Hyderabad: Telangana’s own optic fiber highway, T-Fiber Grid, which is expected to help the country’s youngest State spiral into the digital age, is fast nearing completion.
The State government’s flagship project, aimed at providing affordable, high-speed broadband connectivity and digital services across the State, now has three companies being finalised for laying the optic fiber network and efforts are on to complete the works in about five months.
Already, digging and construction of ducts covering 65,000 km across the State was done and the remaining, for about 10,000 km, has to be executed, State IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan said here on Thursday. As part of the project, the State was bifurcated into three parts geographically to facilitate convenient and early completion of works. Accordingly, tenders were floated for laying optic fibers and three companies, including two private and one central government, were finalised for taking up the works.
The optic fibers are being laid alongside the Mission Bhagiratha drinking water pipelines. There will be equipment installed for every 1 km to monitor the functioning of the fibers. This is mainly being done to check the strength of the fibers and detect any damages or breakages. Since tracking a huge optic network for any snag can be cumbersome, these equipment will point out the glitches, if any, between one point and another, he said. An important meeting is scheduled with the Central government in a couple of days to seek permissions and funds to the tune of Rs 2,000 crore for the project, he added.
Soon after the formal approvals and funds are received, the companies will commence laying optic fibers. Efforts are on to complete these works in about five months, Ranjan said.
On the much-awaited T-Works, the country’s largest prototyping centre for electronics, electromechanical and mechanical startups and individuals, the IT Secretary said the Centre commenced operations in a rented building at Begumpet two months ago.
“Already five to six prototypes were developed. The permanent building for the centre was slowed down due to some underground pipeline issues. It is being attended to by engineering officials,” he said, adding that on the other hand, the work on the IMAGE (Innovation in Multimedia, Animation, Gaming and Entertainment) Towers would be completed in two years.
The 30-floor structure will provide six lakh square feet space and there will be five cellars. All the required permissions for the towers were obtained a couple of months ago, he added.