Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has said that 5G services will be launched in Odisha before the Republic Day celebrations next year. He also asserted that the centre has sanctioned Rs.5,600 crore for telecom services in the eastern state in the 2022-23 fiscal.
The minister said a survey was recently conducted in all villages of Odisha where mobile towers are not available. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had directed officials to ensure high-quality 4G and 5G services in all villages of the state.
Ashwani Vaishnaw had earlier said that 5G services would be available in at least four cities of Odisha by March 2023, and 80 percent area of the state will have access to the upgraded network by the end of the next year.
While speaking at a foundation stone laying ceremony for the redevelopment of the Bhubaneswar railway station, he said, “The Modi government has raised the allocation for railways in Odisha to Rs. 10,000 crore per annum from only Rs. 800 crore during the UPA regime.” He also claimed that “critics have no reasons to make the allegation of central negligence to the state’s telecom and railway sectors”.
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