RailTel Corporation of India Limited has bagged an order from the Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Development Corporation Limited (MPSEDC), a government of Madhya Pradesh undertaking for expansion of state data centre (SDC) and establishment of disaster recovery (DR) centre. The work order is valued at Rs 976.4 million (excluding goods and service tax) which after including GST amounts to Rs 1.15 billion (including GST). This order has been acquired through open competitive bidding process.

The said project entails designing upgradation, commission and managing a SDC in Madhya Pradesh along with setting up of a DR centre in Madhya Pradesh for a period of five years.

SDC is envisioned as the ‘shared, reliable and secure infrastructure services centre for hosting and managing the e-governance applications of state and its constituent departments/organisation. It would provide many functionalities like central repository of the state, secure data storage, online delivery of services, citizen information/services portal, state intranet portal, DR, remote management and service integration. SDC would facilitate secure, reliable and efficient delivery of G2G, G2C and G2B services thereby improving end-user satisfaction. DR services are required to prevent either man-made or natural disasters from causing expensive service disruptions.

More citizen’s centric beneficial schemes involving e-governance applications will be available at the click of the mouse to the citizen and help in improving the delivery of services to citizens after completion of this project. This will improve transparency, efficiency and effectiveness in different government initiatives, public expenditure and schemes. The projects assume significance with SDCs emerging as one of the backbones of the core infrastructure required for the national e-governance plan (NeGP).

Commenting on the development, Puneet Chawla, chairman and managing director, said, “RailTel has established itself as a prominent information and communication technology (ICT) provider and as one of the largest neutral telecom infrastructure providers in the country. Securing this prestigious project from government of Madhya Pradesh is an endorsement of RailTel’s key position in the domestic IT space based on its strong technology expertise, process excellence and superior execution capabilities. With this, RailTel is well- positioned to win other SDC projects as well.”