MHADA wins prize for site, which doesn't open!

Feb 27, 2013, 07:03 IST | Varun Singh

Homepage not accessible since last two days; site comes back online a day before it is to receive the Rs 10K cash award

If you are about to win an award for your website, the least you could do is make sure it is free from glitches in the days leading up to the felicitation event. But, for two days before the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) was to receive a cash prize for its official website, the housing body’s site was down due to a technical glitch.

MHADA website
MHADA officials blamed the crash on a technical glitch saying it was the government server that caused the problem

The MHADA website was being recognised for its content and is due to be presented Rs 10,000 as a prize from the Maharashtra Marathi Development Organisation at a programme scheduled at the Ravindra Natya Mandir today. It was receiving the award for being the second best website in the state.

MHADA, currently, has even shifted its recruitment process online and if the site was down for two days, even those aspiring to work with MHADA were unable to download the application forms. During the housing body’s annual lottery scheme, the website regularly crashes and takes applicants longer than usual to fill the form on the site. MHADA, for the last two years, has made it mandatory for applicants to submit their applications online.

MHADA officials, however, pin the blame on the state government’s web server for causing the problem. “The website couldn’t be accessed due to a technical issue. Our website runs on the state government’s server and when our technical department checked, it came to light that the government’s server was down,” said Vaishali Sandansingh, CPRO, MHADA.

MHADA also claimed that the website was being awarded for the Marathi content and not for the overall site. “The award that we are receiving is for the content on the website,” said Vaishali. The malfunction came to light after MHADA officials sent a release to media agencies on Sunday stating that it had won the second prize. A few hours later, it was noticed that the award-winning website was down. The site was back online last evening. While MHADA got the second prize, the first prize of Rs 15,000 went to Akola Zilla Parishad’s website.

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