At a ceremony to be held in Kavarathi on January 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the transoceanic fiber optic cable project that has the potential to change the face of Lakshadweep. For the first time since independence, Lakshadweep has been connected through an undersea optical fiber cable. In a speech at the Red Fort on Independence Day 2020, the massive plan to overcome slow internet speeds in the archipelago was announced.
KLI – Advantage of SOFC
The biggest advantage of the undersea dedicated optical fiber cable (OFC) project, KLI – SOFC, is that it will provide internet services at speeds more than 100 times faster than those currently available in Lakshadweep. With this, the internet speed in Lakshadweep will increase from 1.7 Gbps to 200 Gbps.
Through this, fast and efficient internet services like telemedicine, digital banking, e-governance, educational initiatives, digital literacy and digital currency will reach the fingertips of the residents of Lakshadweep. And it can ensure a dramatic change in the communication infrastructure of Lakshadweep.
Desalination of sea water
The Prime Minister will also inaugurate the LTDD plant on January 3, which will help separate the salt from the sea water at low temperature and make it drinkable. This plant has the capacity to produce 1.5 lakh liters of drinking water per day. The Prime Minister will also inaugurate drinking water pipe connections to all houses in Agathi and Minikoi islands
As the new housing projects materialize in Lakshadweep, it will help strengthen the tourism potential of the archipelago and increase local employment opportunities. Groundwater availability is very limited in Lakshadweep due to its surrounding coral reefs. This challenge can be overcome with the establishment of LTTT Station.
Solar power plant
Lakshadweep’s first battery-backed, solar power project is set up at Kavarathi to reduce dependence on diesel-based power generation. This too will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister. During his visit to Lakshadweep on January 2 and 3, the Prime Minister will present development projects worth over Rs 1,150 crore to the nation and lay foundation stones for new projects.