Telecom services- Bringing modernity to rural areas
telephone network in the rural areas of Maharashtra is being expanded
and made sustainable to enhance the development of the Information
Technology sector in the state. Chief General Manager of Maharashtra
Telecom Circle, H Sundaresan told Mumbaibest.com that
the telecom circle has envisaged a programme to set up Internet
kiosks in every taluka in the state and there are also plans
to introduce mobile phone services in the whole of Maharashtra.
Telecom Services has embarked on a major project to ensure that
every single taluka in the state has easy access to the Internet.
Rural as well as urban areas in Maharashtra are being extensively
covered under this programme. We are also examining plans to bring
mobile phone services to every district in the state. Mobile phone
services will help in a big way in the economic development and
progress of the districts. It will help the state to move quickly
in the direction of e-governance,''said Sundaresan..
Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh's thrust on promoting
e-governance in Maharashtra, has given a major boost to the Maharashtra
Telecom Circle's efforts to spread out its network to every corner
of the state. Maharashtra Telecom circle has successfully launched
telecom corporations in the rural belts in Western Maharashtra and
parts of Marathwada and Vidarbha region .
On November 14, 2000, Deshmukh released the CD-ROM telephone directory
for Maharashtra (excluding Mumbai) and Goa. At the release function
in Mumbai, Deshmukh patted the backs of the Maharashtra Telecom
Circle for maintaining the top position in the country, in expanding
telecom services network. He exhorted the Telecom Circle authorities
to use sophisticated fiber optic technologies and other similar
advanced technologies in the state. He also urged them to ensure
that rural telecom exchanges function without any major breakdowns
By: Mani D'Mello