The flagship project of Indian IT Ministry in e-Governance, the INR 3,000 crore State Wide Area Network (SWAN) project under the US$ 6 billion NeGP (National e-Governance Plan) is now facing delays in several states.
Only five out of the 34 states and UTs of India are running SWAN project on schedule. Around 12 states are yet to initiate the process while 17 have it running behind schedule. Only Maharashtra, Bihar, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh have managed to keep the project on schedule. Some of the states have not been able to identify the sites for points of residence (PoPs) to set up the networking equipment and data centers. Punjab and Assam are leading in financial bidding while Bihar has opened the financial bid. Approximately 17 state's SWAN proposals have been sanctioned and these have initiated activities for e-governance. In the first stage, the Department of IT (DIT) will support the entire cost of establishment, operation and maintenance of the SWAN for a period of five years (except the recurring cost of bandwidth) on 100% grant basis. In the second stage, DIT will support the entire cost of establishment, operation and maintenance of the SWAN for a period of five years (except recurring charges of bandwidth) to state government on 100% grant basis. The project involves preparation and submission of request for proposal (RFP) document comprising the final network requirements, general and special conditions of the contract and information for the prospective bidders.