Puducherry State Wide Area Network (PSWAN)

The State Wide Area Network (SWAN) has been identified as one of the core infrastructure components by Government of India under National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) for supporting various e-Governance initiatives & the Department of Information Technology (DIT, GoI) has earmarked a significant outlay for supporting this activity.

The State Wide Area Network will effectively and efficiently meet the requirements of State Government for voice, video and data communications, with the goal of achieving a single centralized communications infrastructure for the state. The State Wide Area Network will make it possible for the citizens and government departments to access state government information and applications hosted out of the Data Centre.

Based on the guidelines issued by the Department of Information Technology, MCIT, New Delhi for the setting up of PSWAN, this Administration has selected Option-II of the implementation options and NIC was appointed as the prime implementation agency for the SWAN for establishment, operation and maintenance of the Network as an integral part of NICNET, with an appropriate end-to-end Service Level Agreement (SLA). The funds would be released to National Informatics Centre Service Inc. (NICSI) by Department of Information Technology, MCIT, New Delhi and execution would be carried out by NIC.

The total cost of the project is 10.09 crores and the details of the project cost is detailed below :

Details of the Expenditure Amount
( in crores)
DIT Share 7.24
One time Consultancy charges 0.28
CAPEX: (Including H/W & Network S/W) 3.88
Third Party SLA Audit 0.18
OPEX: 2.90
UT/State share 2.85
Bandwidth charges 1.67
Site preparation 1.18
Yearly DIT Fund flow projection for
five years (20% of DIT share)
1.44

Towards the GoI funding support, the administrative approval has been obtained from Department of Information Technology, MCIT, Government of India, New Delhi for the project vide their letter No.3 (34)/2005-EGD dt.29.03.2007 at a total estimated outlay of 10.09 crores to be implemented by NIC through NICSI with estimated GoI contribution of 7.24 crores to be released as DIT Grant to NICSI and the UT share of 2.85 crores to be released as Additional Central Assistance through the Planning Commission by DIT, GoI. The amount of DIT share would be released as Grant-in-Aid. The Puducherry e-Governance Society (PeGS) is the State implementing Agency for the project. M/s. BSNL is the bandwidth provider of the network. NIC is the Network Operator for the implementation of this project.

As per the guidelines issued by MCIT, GoI for the PSWAN, there are two parts, ie., a) Vertical Backbone network connecting UT centre with the Block centres through district centres comprising 12 PoPs, b) Horizontal Connectivity from the PoP locations to the Government offices. The backbone networks comprises of 12 nos. of Points of Presence (PoP) which is an exchange through which the connectivity is extended to the horizontal connections. The list of PoPs is classified as UT Center PoP, Block HQ PoPs and District HQ PoPs as detailed under :

SNo Region Level Address of PoP Location
1 Puducherry UT HQ First Floor (Western Side) of the C-Block, Chief Secretariat, Puducherry.
2 Puducherry Block Ariyankuppam Commune Panchayat, Shopping Complex, R.K.Nagar, Ariyankuppam, Puducherry-605 007.
3 Puducherry Block Sub-treasury office, Church Street, Bahour, Puducherry-607 402.
4 Puducherry Block Mannadipet Commune Panchayat, Thirubuvanai, Puducherry – 605 107.
5 Puducherry Block Villianur Commune Panchayat, Villianur, Puducherry – 605 110.
6 Puducherry Block Dte. of Information Technology, No.505, PRD Complex, II Floor, Kamaraj Salai, Saram, Puducherry- 605 013.
7 Karaikal District HQ Second Floor (North Eastern Area) of Karaikal Planning Authority, Perunthalaivar Kamarajar Administrative Complex(Civil Station), Karaikal-609 602.
8 Karaikal Block O/o Asst.Director, I floor, District Rural Industrial Estate, Kottucherry, Karaikal- 609 609, UT of Puducherry.
9 Karaikal Block Thirunallar Commune Panchayat, Main Road, Thirunallar, Karaikal – 609 607.
10 Karaikal Block TR Pattinam Commune Panchayat, Gandhi Road, TR Pattinam, Karaikal – 609 606.
11 Mahe District HQ Ground Floor of the Civil Station, Mahe – 673 310.
12 Yanam District HQ Civil Station, Yanam–533 464.

The horizontal connections are the Government offices which are connected to the PSWAN. The Vertical Backbone network was established, operated and maintained by NIC during the initial period of 5 years plus an extended period of one more year, viz., upto 6th year the PSWAN infrastructure was managed by NIC. The Directorate of Information Technology, Government of Puducherry has taken over the PSWAN infrastructure from NIC on 01.03.2015 and acting as the Network Operator with the help of FMS personnel deployed through one of the NICSI’s empanelled agencies M/s. Wipro Ltd.