Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg—Digitally Yours!
India is considered as a leader in Information Technology (IT). Taking the advantages of this to grass root level has been the motto of Indian government. The vision is to make India a digitalised nation. While urban populace is taking full advantage of this technology with almost everyone carrying smartphone in his pocket, the rural population is yet to use the technology to the core.
Without proper Internet connectivity, people fromrural India have limited access to proper healthcare, education or financialinclusion. This has prompted the authorities to call for a Digital Revolution.The only purpose is to bring the rural areas at par with the urban ones as faras using digital technology is concerned.
The use of Internet has evolved in India in the last10-12 years. While less than 20% of population was using Internet till 2014 asit was considered as a costly affair then, the percentage has gone upconsiderably since and today we can see everyone hooked to their smartphone orcomputer, particularly in the urban areas.
However, in rural areas this is not the case. In July,2015 the Government of India launched the national ‘Digital India’ initiativeto make government services available to citizens electronically by bolsteringInternet connectivity and improving online infrastructure. A top priority ofthe Narendra Modi administration, the plan aims to connect rural areas withhigh-speed networks and promote digital literacy.
State Follows Similar Path
Treading a similar path, the Maharashtra governmenthas also decided to bring in digital revolution by connecting all its 28,000gram panchayats in 36 districts by 2017-18 to open the world to ruralMaharashtra. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has taken up the uphill task witha strict timeline to give a boost to core sectors like primary and secondaryeducation, health and agriculture.
According to the state government decision, grampanchayats are going to be nodes, through which the digital revolution alongwith infrastructure would be strengthened to provide better health services,education, agriculture and security.
Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg’s Digital Connect
The technology involves laying of optical fiberconnectivity. Using this technology, the state government will be providingWi-Fi access, traffic surveillance and enforcement and CCTV to monitor theproposed Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg, also known as the Nagpur Mumbai SuperCommunication Expressway (NMSCE). Besides this, emergency telephones at every5km, dedicated mahamarg for OFC cables will also be set up for speedycommunication network.
The Mahamarg is an ambitious project of theMaharashtra government which will catapult the state’s growth by 20 yearsthrough a holistic process that integrates road connectivity with sustainablerural development through agri-business ecosystem and multidimensionalsub-projects.
Maharashtra Samruddhi Mahamarg is a 702-km NagpurMumbai Super Communication Expressway, connecting 10 districts, 24 talukas andmore than 350 villages of Maharashtra. This process in turn will generateemployment, fuel growth in agriculture and related activities and lay thefoundation of a robust infrastructure and eventually contain ruralmigration.