The blaze at Mantralaya in Mumbai on Thursday may have damaged files belonging to several ministries,the Urban Development Department officials said there was no cause for concern as key documents,including those pertaining to Pune Metro and development of Pune region,had been scanned and their soft copies stored on the server.
We had scanned important documents. Even if the files were damanged,the server is intact. We should be able to retrieve their copies, said the senior official. Pune Metro,Pune DP and other land-related documents for various development projects were with the desk that handled the Pune division of the Mantralaya.
Most of the documents have been scanned but there were some important files were yet to be scanned. However,we have backups of key files pertaining to various projects, said the official from the Pune desk at Mantralaya.
After a preliminary assessment,it was found that hard copies of files relating to land issues and forests were gutted.
Files belonging to revenue,urban development,cooperation and marketing,finance,power,school education,forest and tribal welfare,too,were gutted. As the server was safe in the next building,we should be able to retreive their copies,but this could delay decisions on some files, said a senior official from the forest department.
Pune district collector Vikas Deshmukh said the departments should have back-ups. I believe that important files have been scanned and saved on the server. We will soon get details regarding Pune files from Mantralaya, he said. He added several land records were already being scanned in Pune district and their back-up was available.
Pune municipal commissioner Mahesh Phatak said they have informed Mantralaya officials that they would resend proposals for revenue,education and urban development departments. I have spoken to the officials. We will do this soon, he said.