BharatNet project to be implemented at Rs 1,815 crore in TN:CM Chennai, Nov 7 (PTI) The Centre's

BharatNet project to be implemented at Rs 1,815 crore in TN:CM Chennai, Nov 7 (PTI) The Centre's BharatNetproject whichaims at providing highspeed broadband network to everyhousehold in village panchayats would be implemented inTamil Nadu at a cost of Rs 1,815 crore, Chief MinisterK Palaniswami said on Thursday.

Through this initiative, 12,524 village panchayatswould be connected through optic-fibre network, he said at thetwo-day conference CONNECT organised by trade body CII.

He said under the BharatNet project all the villageswould receive not less than 1Gbps speed internet service.

Palaniswami said the government would implement highspeedbroadband service in cities at a cost of Rs 500 crore underTamilNet initiative.

'This project is likely to be completed over the next 18months,' he said.

Listing some salient features taken by his government,Palaniswami said in 2018-19, software exports from Tamil Nadutouched Rs 1.22 lakh crore and 6.50 lakh jobs were created.

'...in terms of job creation from software exports,Tamil Nadu is ranked among the top states,' he said.

On distribution free laptops, one of the flagshipschemes of the AIADMK government, he said nearly 54.19 lakhlaptops were distributed to students till date.

The Chief Minister said an electronic hardwaremanufacturing policy would be rolled out enabling start-upcompanies to bring in lot of investments and jobs to furtherthe economic development of the State.

Addressing industry captains present, Palaniswamiappealed to them to offer constructive consultation forboosting investments in the information and technology sector.

'I take this opportunity to appeal to everybody presenthere, to extend your cooperation in establishing new ITindustries in emerging technologies like blockchain andartificial intelligence,' he said.PTI VIJBN BN