On May 14, 2022, the Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Ministry of Communications (MoC), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(Meity) launched the GatiShakti Sanchar portal for Centralised Right of Way (RoW) approvals. It was launched on the lines of PM GatiShakti National Master Plan (NMP), and can be accessed at http://www.sugamsanchar.gov.in
- This portal will provide a robust mechanism to achieve the goal of Broadband for All as envisaged in the National Digital Communication Policy (NDCP)-2.
The portal has been developed by Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh (MP)-based MP state Electronics Development Corporation on behalf of Department of Telecommunications (DoT), MoC.
i.The portal has been developed keeping in view the vision areas of the National Broadband Mission (NBM) which was set up by the DoT on December 17, 2019 to facilitate universal and equitable access to broadband services across India, especially in rural and remote areas, covering citizens, governance and services.
ii.For the fulfillment of NBM, a smooth and efficient deployment of Digital Communications Infrastructure is required that is why GatiShakti Sanchar portal is launched.
Benefits of Portal:
i.It will act as an enabler to the objective of Ease of doing business for telecommunications infrastructure works.
- The portal will enable applicants from various Telecom Service providers (TSPs) as well as Infrastructure providers (IPs) to apply at a common single portal for RoW permissions to lay down Optical Fibre Cable and for erecting mobile towers to State/UT 9Union Territories) and local bodies.
- The portal has been adopted by all central ministries, state governments and UTs.
ii.The timely disposal of RoW applications, within a span of 20 to 22 days from around 100 days, will enable speedy infrastructure creation resulting timely rollout of 5G Network also.
iii.It will also ensure uninterrupted digital access, digital delivery of services and digital inclusion of all, based on technology that is sustainable, affordable and transformative.
Recent Related News:
i.Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw inaugurated the 3rd Edition of ‘NIC Tech Conclave 2022’ a 2-day event organised by the National Informatics Centre(NIC) on 3rd and 4th March 2022 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, Delhi.
The Theme for NIC Tech Conclave 2022 is “Next Gen Technologies for Digital Government”.
ii.For the development of a futuristic railway system by 2030, the Indian Railways has come up with ‘National Rail Plan (NRP) for India-2030’. The information for the same was provided by Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, Ministry of Railways in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
About Ministry of Communication (MoC):
Union Minister– Ashwini Vaishnaw (Constituency- Rajya Sabha, Odisha)
Minister of State (MoS)– Devusinh Jesingbhai Chauhan (Constituency- Kheda, Gujarat)