If a natural disaster hits the Capital or a fire erupts in the SP Mukherjee Civic Centre, the e-governance system of the civic bodies will still be functional. The IT department of the sorporations is all set to take up another data centre in a bid to create a disaster recovery backup site.
"Whenever services get disrupted, there should be an alternate mechanism in place. A natural disaster ruins the whole system. We witnessed how services were hit in Uttarakhand. However, the residents of Delhi won’t have to worry about the online operations of the civic bodies. We will create a parallel system of all the records of the three corporations," a senior official, who did not wish to be identified, told Hindustan Times.
At present, the data centre of the three municipal corporations is located on the 24th floor of the civic centre.
"We will take a data centre on rent somewhere away from North India, preferably in a separate seismic zone. If an earthquake hits the Capital, then all places in the same seismic zone will have equal chances of getting affected. So we are eyeing some state which does not fall in the same zone. If something happens to this data centre, work can still go on and people will still be able to access the online facilities of the e-governance project," the official said, adding that Pune, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram and Bangaluru are possible site options being thought of by the IT department.
According to sources, government agencies like the NIC and C-DAC are probable agencies that the civic body is looking at to take the data centre on rent from for an approximate annual budget of R25 lakh.