The massive database of the Modi governments ambitious Kalpsar Project,aimed at building the largest man-made fresh water reservoir in the sea over the Bay of Khambhat,was reportedly destroyed in a fire that broke out late on Wednesday night at the Sardar Patel Secretariat building in Gandhinagar,located barely 500m from the Chief Ministers Office.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a short circuit in the air conditioning system triggered the fire on the 7th floor of eighth block around 11 pm on Wednesday. No injuries have been reported.
The damage caused by the fire is reported to have been on a large scale. The floor that largely housed the Kalpsar department,which is directly handled by Modi,was badly effected.
Records related to the Kalpsar project have been destroyed in the fire. The incident was reported on the seventh floor in eighth block, said an official from Road and Buildings department. While the seventh floor remained sealed on Thursday,officials said that normalcy will soon be restored.
Officials of the Kalpsar department maintained that quite a large portion of the database has been destroyed. The exact extent of the damage is yet to be assessed, said an official,adding that,Several important files had been stored as soft copies as well. However,not all records had been computerised yet.
According to reports,it took more than two hours for the Gandhinagar Fire Brigade to douse the flames. Preliminary reports suggest that the short circuit was reported in one of the Window AC units. The tapestry and carpet immediately caught fire and spread to almost the entire floor, an official said,adding that a forensic team has been called in to investigate the incident.
Kalpsar is among the nine portfolios that Modi himself handles. It proposes to construct a 30-km-long dam,connecting Saurashtra to south Gujarat through the Gulf of Khambhat to mainly address the perennial water scarcity in the region.