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TCS, HCL, Wipro in race for M.P. Data Centre project

Moumita Bakshi Chatterjee New Delhi | Updated on March 10, 2011 Published on March 10, 2011




As many as eight bidders including two from HCL Group, Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro and Sify are in the race for a contract to set up and maintain the State Data Centre in Madhya Pradesh.

The project entails building and managing the entire data centre infrastructure for the State for a period of five years.

Bids being evaluated

Industry watchers estimate the size of the contract to be up to Rs 40 crore. These companies have responded to the Request for Proposal released by the State Government, at least two persons familiar with the contract said. The bids both commercial and financial are currently under evaluation.

Apart from two HCL Group companies – HCL Comnet and HCL Infosystems – other bidders include Reliance Infocomm, Trimax and Prithvi, sources said.

The SDC

Madhya Pradesh, like some of the other States, is looking to create SDC which will host the local or State Specific e-governance applications and facilitate efficient electronic delivery of services – Government-to-Government, Government-to-Citizens and Government-to-Businesses.

This means that individual departments can focus more on the service delivery rather than on the issues surrounding the infrastructure. The services are supported by core connectivity infrastructure such as State-Wide Area Network and the Common Services Centres.

The State Data Centre would provide functionalities such as central data repository, secure data storage, online delivery of services, citizen information/services portal, State intranet portal, disaster recovery, remote management and service integration.

The centralised computers and servers will be used to host multiple applications. Some of the largest e-implementations in Madhya Pradesh include election commission, land records, EKVI Pariyojana, e-Procurement, MP Online, forest financial management, system, web public distribution system, stamps & registration among others.

In the past, Orissa, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have handed-out SDC contracts to various IT vendors. Earlier this month, TCS announced the commissioning of SDC in Puducherry.

The SDC scheme for establishing such data centres across 35 States/UTs in India was approved by the Government in January 2008 with a total outlay of over Rs 1,623 crore towards the capital and operational expenses over a period of five years.

Published on March 10, 2011
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