By Odisha Story Bureau, New Delhi:
- 10,398 villages in Odisha has no mobile network, highest in Nation
- 5,949 in Jharkhand , 5,926 in Madhya Pradesh, 4,792 in Maharashtra, 4,041 in Chhattisgarh
- 3,812 in Andhra Pradesh, 2,886 in Arunachal Pradesh, 2,885 in Assam, 2,534 in Bihar
Mobile coverage is likely to be extended to all the 55,669 unconnected villages in the country over the next five years.
At present, 5.41 lakh villages out of the total 5.97 lakh in India are covered by mobile services, leaving 55,669 out of the ambit — that is 9.31% without coverage.
Minister of State for Communications Manoj Sinha said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha,
Mobile coverage to the balance uncovered villages is likely to be provided in a phased manner over five years.
Odisha tops the list with villages still off-limits for any mobile network at 10,398, followed by Jharkhand 5,949 and Madhya Pradesh 5,926.
While Maharashtra has it at 4,792, Chhattisgarh’s reads 4,041.
The corresponding figure for Andhra Pradesh stands at 3,812 while Arunachal Pradesh comes in with 2,886, Assam 2,885 and Bihar 2,534 villages.
The Department of Telecom has taken several measures for expansion of telecom services in rural and remote areas, including chalking out a comprehensive telecom development plan for the North-East as well as setting up of mobile towers in the Left wing extremism affected states at a total estimated cost of Rs 3,567.5 crore.
Additionally, Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) has been tasked with preparation of a detailed project report for provision of mobile services in 4,752 villages in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and 2,138 in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Haryana.