Submarine Cable Connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar Islands

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  • August 12, 2020
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Submarine cable connectivity to Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains II and III – Govt policies and initiatives; Infrastructure;  


  • PM launched submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) which connects Andaman & Nicobar Islands to the mainland. 
  • The project will lay 2300 Kms submarine cable, connects major chunk of the islands from Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Island. 


  • The connectivity would now enable endless opportunities in the islands 
  • Provide modern facilities to every citizen and every sector  
  • Ease of living to improve 
  • Speedy development of national security 
  • Cheaper & better connectivity 
  • Enjoy all benefits of Digital India –  improving online education, tele-medicine, banking system, online trading and in boosting tourism 
  • Would boost Act-East policy and India’s Economic-Strategic Cooperation 

Map activity – 

  • Locate important places – Car Nicobar; Campbell – Bay; Port Blair; Swaraj Island; Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep and Long Island etc. 

Other measures: 

Apart from providing for better internet & mobile connectivity, efforts are being made to improve physical connectivity through road, air and water. 

  • Enhancing capacity of Port Blair Airport 
  • Water Aerodrome Infrastructure  
  • 4 Ships being built at Kochi Shipyard to improve the Water connectivity 
  • Port Led Development 
  • Speedy construction of the deep draft inner harbor and the proposal to construct TransShipment Port in Great Nicobar  
  • Development of modern infrastructure to accelerate blue economy like Fisheries, Aquaculture and SeaWeed farming 

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