It’s been a gut-wrenching week for ministers of the state, with their offices — with thousands of important files, documents and computers — burning to ashes. But Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan finally has a reason to smile, as 10,500 letters and representations received from ministers, MLAs and MPs are said to be intact in a server stored in the new administrative building opposite the charred quarters of Mantralaya.
These files include correspondences with the Centre on various issues and minutes of meetings with MPs and MLAs. This quells widespread fear that files recording details of important infrastructure projects undertaken by MMRDA, CIDCO and BMC had been lost to the fire.
“It is crucial for us to reconstruct concerned files,” said Chavan yesterday at his Vidhan Bhavan office. Chavan also added that data related to the special cell set up in his office can also be recovered, thanks to the server. The cell houses letters written by MLAs, MPs, ministers on issues pertaining to ministries at the Centre. It also stores and maintains correspondences of departments headed by the CM.
“The Urban Development Department which I head has been working against time, and till now, we have been able to reconstruct 150 files,” said Chavan. He admitted to having pulled up officials for being lethargic in digitizing the data. “I have already given instructions to UD officials to scan important documents and files.”
Chavan has also met the PM and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday to update them about the blaze. “I called up Mrs Gandhi immediately after the incident to apprise her of the blaze in Mantralaya. During a meeting with both of them on Monday night, I showed them photographs of the blaze and graphics of Mantralaya,” he said. Meanwhile, details related to reforms in various departments launched by the CM were also safe.
The number of files that the Urban Development Department has been able to reconstruct so far