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PM launches submarine cable connectivity to A&N Islands

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched and dedicated to the nation, through video-conferencing, the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC), connecting Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the mainland.

The foundation stone for this project was laid by Mr Modi on December 30, 2018 at Port Blair.

Mr Modi said the connectivity would now enable endless opportunities in the islands. He said the laying of the 2300 km submarine cable and completing it before the set target was very praiseworthy.

The Prime Minister said the service had begun on Monday on a major chunk of islands from Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Island.

The Prime Minister admired the laying of cables for about 2300 km under the sea, stating that surveying in the deep sea, maintaining the quality of the cable and laying of the cable with specialised vessels was not an easy task.

The project also had to overcome challenges such as high waves, storms and monsoons and the tough times, owing to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

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