Technology has brought with it many things that have made life orderly. As if to make up for that, it has also brought with it a tangle of wires that clutter our houses and work places. But the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) is embarking on a project that hopes to clean the mess, by changing the way wires are installed in homes.
CIDCO is planning to set up fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure at one of its housing projects in Kharghar. With the installation of an FTTH system, electricity, Internet, CCTV, telephone and cable connections will be seamlessly integrated at a single hub, and then transferred to a terminal in the flat. With the proposal in its final stages, and likely to be approved in the next few months, CIDCO has started construction of over 1,200 of the proposed 10,000 homes in Sector 36, where the FTTH system is likely to be introduced.
“Generally, there are over six to seven copper wires for various connections, which come from various directions. Installing the wires requires boring through walls at various places. However with FTTH, only one fiber optic cable will provide all necessary connections. Only one cable will enter the house, which will look neat too,” said a senior CIDCO official on condition of anonymity. According to another official, FTTH has not been used in the city even though some companies have obtained a licence for the same. The official claimed that the FTTH system is long lasting as fiber optic cables are resistant to water, heat and degradation. CIDCO may, however, encounter problems introducing the system, as the high cost and some rules may not allow installation in certain homes.
‘FTTH is good’
“The FTTH system is worth its value and remains in good condition for years, as it is immune to all weather conditions. We think residents may voice their apprehensions towards the expenses, as it will cost them Rs 50,000 to avail of the facility. But we will try to educate citizens on the benefits of the system. Also, our prescribed rules may not allow an introduction of such systems in homes for Low Income Group (LIG) and Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). So we are working on these issues to make a safe passage for the introduction of the FTTH system as it is will be in demand in the next few years,” said the official.
When contacted, Brijesh Shami, superintending engineer at CIDCO, said, “We are working over the proposal to assess its feasibility. Once finalised, the scheme will be sent forward for approval.”