The managing director of the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Ashwani Kumar Sharma, who visited the spot on Monday, claimed, “We have suffered a loss of nearly Rs 4 crore. We have the data backup of power and water bills.”
The four-storey building in Sector 17-B near old KC Theatre, which was destroyed on Sunday by fire was occupied by NIELIT since 1979, which was earlier know as the Regional Computer Centre.
The NIELIT, an autonomous scientific society of the government of India department of electronics and information technology, processes government data for various utilities. Its major works include generating water and power bills of Chandigarh and collecting property tax (commercial). It recently also started digitising data for the recruitment of sweepers in the MC and government teachers in Himachal Pradesh. The Chandigarh centre was having a turnover of Rs 16 crore.
Speaking to HT, Sharma said more than 300 computers in five labs, air conditioners, four servers, furniture and stationery were gutted. “Around 600 students were getting computer training and I have urged the UT administration and the municipal corporation to allot us some built-up space so that we can run our operations.”
“The backup of data is not the problem as we saved it at the recovery site. We do not have the data for past 15 days, but we will get it e-sampark centres and departments concerned.”
“It seems that the fire broke out due to short circuit in the AC plant, which was located in the basement of the building,” Sharma added.