The State Government is planning to put in place a State-Wide Area Network (SWAN), which will connect the state secretariat with over 6000 gram panchayats and 314 block offices of Orissa, India. The cost of the project is estimated about INR 120 billion.
The major part of the project is funded by the Central Government. The State Government has appointed Telecommunications Consultant of India Limited as the consultant of the SWAN project. Other companies like HCL, Wipro and other IT majors are expected to participate in bidding process. According to the plan, the government will set up common service center (CSC) in all panchayats. This will enable the common people to get all information regarding the land records, government programmes and submission of applications to different government authorities. The project is part of the government's e-Governance initiatives. The State Government is also building a 42 million sq.ft InfoTech park in Bhubaneswar to provide facilities to IT players.