As the Covid pandemic swept the country, work and education moved online, almost overnight.
As the world raced to save itself from a deadly virus, several hundred students residing in various villages in Morni found themselves helpless, often climbing trees in the hope of finding traffic bars, so that they can attend their classes and submit their projects. Today, nearly two years later, the Deputy Commissioner of Panchkula, in a meeting this week, instructed officials from Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) and the Common Service Center (CSC) to commence work laying of optical cables for better Internet connectivity in the region. The meeting was attended by BBNL Managing Director, Ajay Kaswan, CSC Haryana Chief, Ashish Sharma, CSC District Director, Rohit Sen, and CSC Project Manager, Anil Sangwan.
Panchkula Deputy Commissioner Mahavir Kaushik in a meeting with BBNL and Shared Service Center (CSC) officials earlier this week asked them to prepare an action plan to provide better internet facility to the inhabitants of the hilly areas of Morni, the city lines. “In terms of development, villages should not lag behind cities and for that, you need to focus on physical connectivity as well as internet connectivity,” Kaushik said. He further added that for the purpose of providing connectivity to households, a block in Morni village will now be identified on a pilot basis, in which underground connectivity would be provided through CSR. “In some areas of Morni, due to the compaction of the earth, the aerial cables are damaged, which leads to an interruption in Internet connectivity. A roadmap is being prepared for the laying of fiber optics in the remaining villages in the Morni block as well so that better internet can also be made available to the inhabitants of these villages,” he said. declared.
Morni received special attention from the Chief Minister of Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, who tried to develop the region as a tourist center of Haryana. The area has already witnessed several adventure activities from it – including water jet scooters, paragliding, nature camps, nature trails and hiking.
During this week’s meeting, Deputy Commissioner was informed that optical fiber has been laid by BBNL in Morni’s 20 gram panchayats under Bharat Net project and people are enjoying the internet facility broadband there. A target was set to cover 6 lakh villages in the country by 2024. It was also informed during the meeting that 18,000 internet connections have been made available in government and private buildings in the state through the common service centers.