Friday, April 21, 2006

Wide Area Network for the entire Union Territory of Chandigarh

Chandigarh, April 21:- Chandigarh Administration¡¦s plan for setting up a Wide Area Network for the entire Union Territory of Chandigarh has been approved by Government of India which has sanctioned an amount of Rs.4 crores for the project. U.T. Administration will budget an amount of Rs.3 crores additionally for the project in the next five years. It shall provide the UT Administration and other government agencies with enterprise-wide, intra-state network services and for giving shape to Chandigarh Administration¡¦s vision to improve services to its citizens through efficient and transparent administration. This backbone infrastructure shall be in place for - „« Catalysing IT development in the state „« Reaching the un reached through effective implementation of ICT „« Supporting IT solutions for e ¡V governance & bringing governance closer to public „« Establishing a reliable horizontal and vertical communication corridor for within the state administration to make government more productive and more compatible for electronic transactions „« Bridging the digital divide by implementing state-of-the-art citizen-centric applications. SWAN shall be linking UT Secretariat and all major offices with 2 Mbps leased circuit and integrating this network with the National Informatics Centre¡¦s (NIC) existing network, NICNET, to provide redundancy, fault tolerance & fail over mechanism as well as to provide Internet interface for public access. The network will be a totally IP based, converged WAN interconnecting even last and smallest administrative units in administrative hierarchy. The network topology as conceived for SWAN is based on hub-and-spoke design philosophy, with a ring for major departments/offices for providing redundancy. The proposal for setting up Wireless Connectivity using WiMAX technology is also part of the project. NIC has been entrusted with a responsibility of prime implementation agency for establishment, operation and maintenance of Network as integral part of NICNET. Already, most of the government buildings housing departments which are providing citizen centric services are maintaining their own Local Area Network (LAN) and connectivity with NIC Network & Data Centre (NDC) in UT Secretariat. Some of the prominent buildings are UT Secretariat, Municipal Corporation, Estate office, Additional Town hall building etc. The project will benefit all e-Governance plans of the Administration and will ensure that the connectivity is provided to all parts of the U.T. Chandigarh accordingly. The e-Governance initiative of Chandigarh Administration, e-Sampark ¡V ¡§multi-service¡¨ ¡§single window¡¨ convenience, has a network of 8 e-Sampark centres which are also connected to the NIC Network and Data Centre (NDC). The upcoming Jan Sampark project ¡V information and facilitation services through manned kiosks, shall have 70 Jan Sampark centres connected to the NDC. In addition to it three functionality based subnets Administration (UT Secretariat, MC Office, DC Office, SDM Offices), Medical (GH-16, GMCH-32) and Registering and Licensing Authority (RLA Centre, RLA South, RLA East) have also been covered under the proposal.
Chandigarh Desk
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