CIC slams MCD for safeguarding illegal buildings

Last Updated: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 21:37

New Delhi: The CIC has lambasted MCD
officials for protecting "unauthorised construction" and
colluding with builders by withholding information on them
while issuing show cause notices to three engineers of the
civic body in the matter.

The civic body came under fire from Central Information
Commission as it did not give information about an
unauthorised construction in the Pubjabi Mohalla area of the
national capital even after seven months of filing the RTI
application by one Kamal Sharma.

During the hearing at the information panel, Municipal
Corporation of Delhi accepted there was a delay in providing
the information for the building which was an "unauthorised
construction".

"It is evident that the information had not been provided
earlier to protect and safeguard the interest of the
unauthorised construction," Information Commissioner Shailesh
Gandhi said.

The Punjabi Mohalla in Sabzi Mandi area comes in the
North West district of the national capital which according to
Delhi police reports has more than 270 illegal constructions.

"It is disgusting that hundreds of RTI applications are
revealing unauthorised constructions of complete buildings and
showing the obvious collusion of MCD officials," he said.

The Information Commissioner said the responsibility of
not providing the information lies on three engineers of the
civic body M R Mittal, V S Chauhan and Pannna Lal, who were
posted in the area during the period.

"MCD is unable and unwilling to stop this complete
illegal activity. Such an attitude breeds corruption and
complete disrespect for the rule of law," Gandhi said.

He said it is apparent that the deemed Public Information
Officers were guilty of not furnishing information within the
time specified, of one month, as per the requirement of the
RTI Act and issued show cause notices against them.

Recently, Gandhi has slammed the MCD for "systematic
corruption" because of files getting missing from the civic
body and had also slapped maximum penalty of Rs 25,000 on two
of its officials.

"In the entire MCD system thousands of Tehbazari files
are claimed to be `not traceable`. There appears to be some
fundamental systemic corruption by which the allottees of
tehbazaris are bled by corrupt officers by claiming that their
files are missing," he had said in the order.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 24, 2009 - 21:37

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