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Back in 2018, Tata Projects Ltd had been awarded to lay down optical fibre networks in Chhattisgarh, as part of the Central government’s BharatNet project. This was so that 5,987 villages in the state could be connected to the internet. But since then, the project’s deadline has been extended twice and the penalties, of over Rs 200 crore, levied against Tata Projects Ltd have been waived. This is what an Indian Express investigation conducted by Gargi Verma has found out. In this episode, she joins us to give us its details and explain how this delay has affected the villages in the state. Links to the investigative series: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
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