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Himachal State Wide Area Network

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About HIMSWAN

Himachal State Wide Area Network (HIMSWAN) project is a revolutionary step towards enhancing good governance. By setting up HIMSWAN, the State Government intends to modernize the communication infrastructure in the State to create a state of the art and reliable network for G2C, G2E, G2B and G2G interfaces. The Project is aimed at providing HIMSWAN link to Government Offices and Integrated Community Service Centres at State, District, Sub-Divisional, Tehsil and Block headquarters in Himachal Pradesh.

The first phase of this project has been completed.  Under this project (HIMSWAN-I) a Local Area Network has been established in HP Secretariat with the provision of 600 nodes with an ultimate target criterion of atleast 1 PC for 3 officials. For this purpose a LAN with provision for 620 nodes has been established. Rs.1.55 crores has been spent during the completion of first phase. The network has successfully started functioning and Referencing Monitoring System has been implemented on this network. This network has also been connected to Internet. This network will be useful in saving lots of energy and resources.

This state of the art network in H.P. Secretariat will be useful for all the officials for sharing the resources and data. The drafts for approval may move up the administrative hierarchy on the LAN, so that precious time and resources are not wasted in duplication of effort. Scanners, printers, CD writers etc. also can to be shared across the network. Big documents will be stored on the PC instead of taking print outs of even relatively useless pages. So besides making “less paper” functioning of Govt., this LAN will cater to implementation of various applications like REFNIC and many more. This will only improve efficiency.

The Secretariat has to largely depend on the Directorates for data. The Directorates, in turn, have to rely on their field offices for these inputs. Therefore, this Local Area Network of the Secretariat should expand to become a Wide Area Network for the entire State in the phase-II. Then the instantaneous, accurate and updated information will be retrieved in the prescribed format. Presently, the requisite data is received after a couple of months when it has already become outdated. The IT Department is committed to have this Wide Area Network in place at the earliest. The HIMSWAN-II project proposal has been approved by the Ministry of IT, Govt. of India. MIT GoI has sanctioned Rs 50 crores and released first instalment of Rs 10 Crores. In this project HP Secretariat, Departments, District, Sub-divisional and tehsil offices will be linked with one another for immediate availability of data for queries and reports.

 

Longitude

75o 45' 55" E to 79o 04' 20" E

Altitude (From mean sea Level)

350 meter to 6975 meter

Population [1991-Census]

Total  60,70,305  persons - 2001 Census;

Male: 50.8% Female: 49.2%

    Urban

0.45 million persons

    Rural

4.72 million persons

Geographical Area [1991]

55,673 sq. km

Density (per Sq. Km.) [1991]

93

Females per 1000 Males [1991]

976

Birth Rate (per 1000) [1996(P)]

23.0

Death Rate (per 1000) [1996(P)]

8.0

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Administrative Structure [1988]

State Capital

Shimla

No. of Districts

12

No. of Tehsils

71

No. of Sub Divisions

50

No. of Blocks

72

No. of  Nagar Panchyats

28

No. of  Gram Panchyats [Dec.1997]

2922

No. of Villages

19388

No. of Towns

48

No. of Parliament Constituencies

 

    Lok Sabha

4

    Rajya Sabha

3

No.of Assembly Constituencies

68

 

Development Indicators

State Capital

Shimla

No. of Districts

12

No. of Tehsils

71

No. of Sub Divisions

50

No. of Blocks

72

No. of  Nagar Panchyats

28

No. of  Gram Panchyats [Dec.1997]

2922

No. of Villages

19388

No. of Towns

48

No. of Parliament Constituencies

 

    Lok Sabha

4

    Rajya Sabha

3

No.of Assembly Constituencies

68

 

Climate

Temperature

 

     Summer

21o Celsius to 30o Celsius

     Winters

10o Celsius to 20o Celsius

Average Rainfall   

1140 mm

Average Relative humidity    

61 %

Sunshine 

7.4 hrs a day

Evaporation         

3.3 mm

 

Forest Cover [1996-97]

Reserved Forests Area

1896 sq.kms.

Protected Forests Area

33004 sq.kms.

Unclassed Forest Area

930 sq.kms.

Other Forests Area

405 sq.kms.

Forests not under control of forest Deptt.

751 sq.kms.

No. of Wild Life Sanctuaries

32

 

Connectivity

Air Connectivity

There are three airports in the State and two airports in Punjab and Chandigarh are also nearby.

The Shimla Airport is well connected with both Chandigarh and Delhi by air.

The distance about 12 kms from the airport to Shimla can conveniently be covered by road.

Other airports in the state are Kangra (Gaggal) Airport at Kangra and Kullu Airport at Kullu.

Apart from these the International Airport Raja Sansi at Amritsar and Chandigarh Airport is also nearby.

Apart from Indian Airlines, some Private Airways also operate regular flights to Himachal Pradesh.

Related Links:

Airport Authority of India

Civil Aviation

 

Rail Connectivity

Rail Heads in Himachal Pradesh :

  • Kalka

  • Pathankot

  • Una

  • Kalka – Shimla. Pathankot- Joginder Nagar (Narrow Gauge)

Major Rail Heads in Surrounding States :

 

  • Kiratpur

  • Jagadhri

  • Dehradun

  • Pathankot

 

Related Links:

Indian Railways

Road Connectivity

State of Himachal Pradesh is well connected through an efficient road network. 

Related Links:

Himachal Road Transport Corporation

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Telecom Network in HP

The State has an excellent telecommunications infrastructure. With  N x 2 mbps connectivity,

the total length of OFC in the State as on 31.3.2005 was more than 8500 Kms which is probably

the highest density of OFC penetration per unit area as compared to any other States in India.

Almost all the cable used in the telephone network of the State is optical fibre cable.

Telecom Network of Different Service Providers are as follows:

BSNL Network in Himachal Pradesh

AirTel Network in Himachal Pradesh

Information will be available shortly

Reliance Network in Himachal Pradesh

Information will be available shortly

Tata Indicom Network in Himachal Pradesh

Information will be available shortly

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