KARACHI: The Delhi government has decided to put Mughal-era documents online. The documents – dating back to 1870s – will be accessible to the public for free once a website ‘e-abhilekh’ is launched.
Being rendered as first of a kind move in Asia, the government aims to digitise and put 40 million documents online over a period of two and half years, according to Indian Express. Most notable of these documents are 500 pages of the 41-day trial of the last emperor of Mughal empire Bahadur Shah Zafar.
Starting this month, more than 6 million documents that include property papers, jail record, court and partition decrees will be available on internet.
As many as 26 scanners have been bought from Germany to digitise A2-sized documents and another two overhead scanners for A0-sized documents. A group of 150 people working five days a week and nine hours a day has been put to the task of meeting the target, Indian Express reported.
Another 30 people have been given the task of conserving the paper that is brittle on touch as it is more than a century old. From old railway networks of Delhi coming from that time to private manuscripts in different languages, about a million pages have been preserved physically. The documents are in such bad shape apparently that the workers have to wear masks to protect themselves from the dust.