DMRC ducks RTI on Yamuna bank flats

Cites section 2(f) of the RTI act


Danish Raza | January 10, 2011

Delhi metro rail corporation (DMRC) has refused to give information on the residential flats it is constructing on the Yamuna river bed near Yamuna bank metro station.

In response to the RTI query filed by the Governance Now asking if DMRC changed the land use to residential, DMRC has said that the information was exempted under section 2(f) of the RTI act.

The section defines information under the transparency act.

The RTI query also asked if DMRC took a conceptual approval for the project from DUAC; how many approvals from DUAC to use the land where the staff quarters are now under construction and copy of all the statutory permissions taken by the DMRC from various ministries/ bodies to construct the staff quarters.

According to the response, DMRC is constructing ninety flats for the corporation’s operations and maintenance staff.

According to media reports, DMRC does not have the permission from DUAC and the union ministry of environment and forest to construct the flats on the fragile river bed.

The Delhi urban arts commission has repeatedly said that while taking the conceptual approval for the project, DMRC did not mention the staff quarters.

“They cannot hide information which is meant for public interest. This is ridiculous,” said Manoj Mishra of Yamuna Jiye Abhiyan.



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