In response to a question, the telecom minister Manoj Sinha on 07.03.2018 in the Lok Sabha said, “In December 2017, Phase-I of BharatNet has been completed by connecting one lakh GPs. As on 25.02.2018, a total of 112,677 Gram Panchayats (GPs) have been connected by laying 265,296 km OFC. The number of Service Ready GPs is 103,279” (see table-1).