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Episode 1116 November 3, 2020

How Chhattisgarh govt spared Tata Rs 200 crore fine despite villages not getting internet

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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How Chhattisgarh govt spared Tata Rs 200 crore fine despite villages not getting internetBack 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. You can follow us and leave us feedback on Facebook and Twitter @expresspodcasts, or send us an email at podcasts@indianexpress.com. If you like this show, please subscribe and leave us a review wherever you get your podcasts, so other people can find us. You can also find us on https://www.indianexpress.com/audio.
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