Aug 7, 2012

Fire in "Aadhar" Unique ID project's data center in India

A fire in the lower floors of a Greater Noida building which houses the data centre of the government's ambitious Unique ID Project has put at risk the personal and biometric records of 20 crore Indian residents. 

The Unique ID Authority has completed about 20 crore enrollments and has generated over 18 crore Aadhaar numbers till date. A UID spokesman confirmed there was a fire in the 'Knowledge Park' building at Greater Noida on Saturday, which houses a UID data centre. The data centre on the third floor is a small subset of the main data centre in Bangalore, said the spokesman. "Little data was being stored here.Nonetheless, no data is harmed as we have a back up at 3-4 locations across the country," the spokesman said. 

About 150 out of the about 250 servers at the facility have been rendered unusable because of the carbon soot deposition from the fire, according sources at UIDAI. Networking equipment of Cisco and storage equipment by EMC was also damaged in the incident. The accident puts a big question mark over safety of data being collected from about 1.2 billion Indian residents and being housed in risk prone facilities.

Last week, the government awarded a Rs 87 crore contract to Delhi based Tulip Telecom which will manage data centre for UIDAI in Bangalore for 3 years. The Bangalore based Tulip data centre will house the records of 1.2 billion Indian residents, with a back up in other places. 

UIDAI's main data centre currently exists in in Bangalore, at a space leased from Bharti Airtel. It acts as the main storage repository for all biometric and personal records of Indian residents.


  1. My family members have been given Aadhar cards . Last week we received a notice from another Government agency ,which is carrying out similar task for "National population register" , asking us to report to a Government school located at a far away location for the enrollment ! Why this duplication of work wasting public money ?

    1. India is under a totally corrupt and unworthy government nowdays....look at the billion dollar coal scam....all our hard earned tax money going down the drain...