Tamil Nadu's (India) Information Technology Department is planning to launch tools of e-Governance in certain sectors of government by December, 2007 year after successful testing of backbone connectivity of the wide area network (WAN).
This will enable citizens to access information on land records, transport facilities, encumbrance certificate, municipal services and food and civil supplies any time from any part of the State. The state government has successfully tested the Tamil Nadu State Wide Area Network (TNSWAN), which establishes connectivity up to the taluk-level. The TCS is the operating agency for the network on BOOT basis. While Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) is providing the bandwidth. BSNL links in districts and 204 taluk offices through 700 Point of Presence, the government is ready to provide Voice over Internet Protocol in the first stage, followed by data services and then video streaming, video-conferencing and video-beaming. At the last stage, the government is planning to set up Common Services Centres in rural and urban centres. As per the programme, 5,440 centres will be set up through public-private partnership (PPP). The State will give financial assistance for private players for setting up kiosks.