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Work underway to provide mobile connectivity in border villages of J&K, Ladakh, other areas: Prasad

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New Delhi: Work is underway on a Rs 337 crore project to provide mobile services in 354 uncovered villages in remote and border areas of the country, union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.

The project includes all uncovered villages of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

“A Rs 337 crore tender has been floated for the same and work is going on. This will include 87 uncovered villages of Jammu and Kashmir. After completion of this project, there will not be a single uncovered village left in Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh for mobile services,” the Telecom and IT minister told reporters.

The project also includes 144 border villages in Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.

Prasad said the government is also installing VSATs (Very Small Aperture Terminals) to provide satellite phone services to soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh so that they can connect with their families.



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