Internet Exchange Points Inaugurated at Durgapur and Bardhaman

Chandan Sengupta

Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MOS, Electronics and Information Technology, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, alongwith Shri S S Ahluwalia, Member of Parliament Bardhaman-Durgapur Lok Sabha inaugurated two new Internet Exchange points (IXP) of NIXI, at Durgapur and Bardhman on 10th of July 2022. The launch of these Internet exchanges is under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India vision to connect every Indian with open, safe & trusted and accountable internet.

The event was graced by several guests including Mayor of Durgapur Mrs. Anindita Mukherjee, Shri Pradip Kr. Mazumder, MLA Durgapur Purba, Shri Lakshman Chandra Ghorui, MLA Durgapur Paschim and Shri Khokan Das MLA Bardhaman Dakshin and Shri Paresh Chandra Sarkar, Mayor of Bardhaman, members of Chamber of Commerce and representatives of Civil Society.

The Internet exchanges are expected to contribute to the enhancement and improvement of Internet and Broadband services in West Bengal and neighbouring region’s ISPs will benefit with improved internet services offered by them to its end users, bringing about a change in the lives of the people. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Guest & MOS Shri Chandrashekhar said that in the present day internet has become a lifeline for all economic activities. It is essential to access a host of services both public and private, available online. The new internet exchanges will ensure a better internet experience for the Digital Nagriks of West Bengal. Mr Chandrashekhar shared his experience about the launching of the Digital India Programme and how India is emerging as a Digital Powerhouse. He also mentioned that now indigenous capabilities are being developed to design and majority of the components are being manufactured in India. India has now transitioned from Tech consumer to a trusted technology partner of the world, making in India for the world.

Shri S S Ahluwalia, Lok Sabha MP said that he was proud to be part of the inauguration ceremony of the twin Internet exchanges at Bardhaman and Durgapur and thanked the Hon’ble MOS, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar for helping the people of the constituency by offering better Internet services. He also thanked the guests and dignitaries present during the ceremony for their support and developmental initiatives for the region. He concluded by mentioning the Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India where every citizen is connected – enabling them to access the Government anytime, anywhere, and giving them access to opportunities for Education, Skill Development, and Employment as well as Entrepreneurship.

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