Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Friday said that fire safety norms might have been flouted at the Mantralaya. He also promised to take steps to recover data from computer hard disks damaged in the fire.
"We will try to restore hard disks and recover data from them. We will seek help of Nasscom, cyber cell and even foreign experts," Chavan said. The announcement was made after the state cabinet met at Vidhan Bhawan to review the mishap.
The chief minister ruled out that the Adarsh scam files have been gutted in the fire and said, "All files pertaining to the Adarsh scam have been handed over to the CBI, so there was no question of it affecting the probe." Over 2.27 lakh files have been scanned, he said.
Chavan said there might have been lacunae in fire safety systems and that the state government will look into it. Mantralaya will be out of bounds till the structural safety audit is complete, he said.
The ministers have been asked to cancel their tours and supervise work of restoring documents in their office, the chief minister said.
The death toll on Friday morning rose to five after two more bodies, one of whom is still to be identified, were recovered from the building. Several people are still believed to be missing. About 3,000 people were evacuated from the building.
The fire has been doused and the focus now is on the cooling operation which will take about 48 hours.
(With additional inputs from PTI)