Published: 26th August 2020
Modi government ensured that this veterinary student got uninterrupted internet at her village in Maharashtra. Here's how
Swapnali said since online classes began, patchy internet connection became a headache for her. She had a mobile internet connection but it often got disconnected
Swapnali Sutar, a third-year Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc) student, wrote an essay about her routine during the lockdown as asked by her teacher.
Little did she know that it would prompt the Union government to ensure that she got uninterrupted internet at her home in Maharashtra's Sindhudurg district, and save her the daily trouble of climbing a hill.
Talking to the media over the phone on Wednesday, Swapnali said since online classes began, patchy internet connection became a headache for her. She had a mobile internet connection, but at her home in village Dharishte in Kankavli tehsil, 480 km from Mumbai, it often got 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 said. "I wrote about this in my essay. I didn't know that it would get published in a newspaper," Swapnali added.
The essay got published in the Marathi daily `Prahar' and then news 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 said.
BharatNet under the telecom ministry has been tasked with setting up an optical fibre network to provide internet connectivity to gram panchayats. "They installed optical fibre cable in the gram panchayat and provided me a WiFi connection," she said.
The gram panchayat had internet facility, but it hadn't been activated, she said. Swapnali said she moved to Mumbai after standard 12 to study at the Mumbai Veterinary College but returned home when the lockdown was imposed following the coronavirus outbreak.