IT Leads eye on e-Gov projects

IT leaders TCS, HP-Bharti combine, UTL, HCL, Mumbai-based GTL and other leading players like BHEL all are running for e-Governance projects in India.

The e-governance projects have a combined value of INR 1,000 crore across seven states, including Bihar, Assam, West Bengal, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Karnataka. These leading players have submitted their bids for building the state-wide area networks (SWAN). Soon, DIT will open bids for all states, except Rajasthan and Karnataka. According to PriceWaterhouseCoopers's latest SWAN Programme status report, All states in the country are expected to complete 100% point of presence (PoP) functionalities by September, 2008. These will mark the second round of contracts for setting up SWAN networks. This is because, states such as Kerala, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand have already awarded the contracts to building SWAN networks through a tendering process.