College pupil’s ‘uphill’ battle for web connectivity ends

Mumbai, August 26

Swapnali Sutar, a third-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) pupil, wrote an essay about her routine throughout lockdown as requested by her trainer.

Little did she know that it will immediate the Union authorities to make sure that she obtained uninterrupted web at her dwelling in Maharashtra’s Sindhu durg district, and save her the every day bother of climbing a hill.

Talking to PTI over telephone on Wednesday, Swapnali mentioned since on-line courses started, patchy web connection grew to become a headache for her.

She had cellular web connection, however at her dwelling in village Dharishte in Kankavli tehsil, 480 km from Mumbai, it typically obtained disconnected.

“I would get uninterrupted internet on a hill which is 1.5 km away from my house. So every day I trekked up the hill, carrying my laptop, to attend online lectures,” she mentioned.

“I wrote about this in my essay. I didn’t know that it would get published in a newspaper,” Swapnali added.

The essay obtained printed within the Marathi every day ‘Prahar’ after which information channels picked up the story.

“A day before Ganesh Chaturthi, officials of Bharatnet came to the village and said they had received orders from the Centre to ensure internet connectivity to me,” she mentioned.

BharatNet underneath the telecom ministry has been tasked with organising an optical fibre community to offer web connectivity to gram panchayats.

“They installed optical fibre cable in the gram panchayat and provided me a Wi-Fi connection,” she mentioned.

The gram panchayat had web facility, but it surely hadn’t been activated, she mentioned.

Swapnali mentioned she moved to Mumbai after normal 12 to check on the Mumbai Veterinary College, however returned dwelling when lockdown was imposed following the coronavirus outbreak. PTI

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