Mumbai: The devastating fire at the Maharashtra Mantralaya (secretariat) killed 5 and injured about 16 persons and left behind a trail of destroyed files, damaged computers, charred furniture, blackened walls and broken glass panes. It took more than 12 hours douse fire since it was first noticed on Thursday afternoon.
State Government has set top priority for recompilation of files destroyed in the fire. State chief secretary on Saturday asked the district administration to put together files destroyed in the fire at Mantralaya on Thursday and send them to various departments within 15 days. He also asked all government offices to prepare lists of files and cases that were referred to Mantralaya for instructions and that were damaged in the blaze.
List of files in Mantralaya with relevant references that had been recorded in DGMS system are available. Government in a communique on Saturday informed that it is attempting to recover information of damaged files from the computer hard disks of the departments concerned. Over 2000 computers have been damaged in the fire.
According to Government sources, files in the office of Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Chief secretary , General Administration, Home, Employment Guarantee, Transport, Revenue, PWD, Disaster Management, Town Development, Ports, Culture, Environment and Energy Department have been destroyed. Those who had submitted their applications in Mantralaya in these departments have been asked to resubmit the files along with the counterfoils issued to them while submitting the application. They can be submitted in setu kendras at tehsil offices. The departments will have to submit daily updates.