Delhi civic bodies pay no heed to CIC's CWG directives

Only NDMC has put Games related information on its website


Danish Raza | October 6, 2010

No civic agency in the national capital except the NCMC has complied with the Central Information Commission (CIC) order regarding the disclosure of Commonwealth Games-related information.

On August 6, Shailesh Gandhi, Information Commissioner at the CIC had written to the NDMC and chief secretary, Delhi, on absence of proactive disclosure about Games related projects. Taking cognizance of media reports about the projects, it directed NDMC and the state government’s various agencies to put up all the important Games related information on the agencies’ websites.

 “It appears from the websites of the different departments of the Delhi Government (ex. MCD, NDMC, Urban Development, PWD, Rural Development, Irrigation and Flood Control, Delhi Jal Board, DSIIDC etc.) who are responsible for implementing these projects, that certain disclosures have not been made till date,” wrote Gandhi,  giving a 15 September deadline for making public the information.

Till date, no other agency except NDMC has disclosed the information so far, which, according to the CIC direction, should include nature of work, date of awarding tender, name of contractor and amount paid to the contractor.

“Let me ask my staff. I believe they should have done it,” said B K Chugh, Director- General of works, CPWD.

N C Joshi, Spokesperson of the Ministry of Urban Development said that the civic agencies and not the Ministry were directly involved with the Games. “But I heard about such directions being issued,” said he.

According to MCD spokesperson Deep Mathur, details of the projects executed by the agency are available on the website, but not under the head ‘Commonwealth Games 2010’. “We are busy right now. Post Games, we will create a separate category on the website and put all Games related information under that.”




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