By The Hindu Business Line

New Delhi, Aug 3:

Reliance Jio Infocomm has received environment clearance for building the Indian part of Asia- Africa-Europe One (AAE-1) submarine cable system at Mumbai, entailing an investment of $6 million.

AAE-1, the next generation subsea cable system spanning around 25,000 km and linking South Asia to Africa and Europe via the West Asia, is being constructed by a consortium of 17 global service providers. The Indian part of the project will be implemented by Reliance Jio.

Last December, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the Environment Ministry had vetted the proposal and recommended granting the coastal regulation zone (CRZ) nod.

“As per the recommendations of the EAC, the Environment Ministry has given the CRZ Clearance to the project ‘AAE-l Submarine Cable System’ at Versova Beach, Mumbai by Reliance Jio Infocomm,” a senior government official said.

The CRZ clearance was given yesterday to the company subject to the compliance of the specific and general conditions, the official said.

The cable will terminate in Mumbai at a Beach Man Hole (BMH) proposed to be located at a beach road connecting J P road to Versova Beach, in front of Harshvardhan Society. The expected cost of the project is $6 million.

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