How info on designs of metro leaked?: SC

The Supreme Court wanted to know from the DMRC as to how information on the structural drawings and design of metro corridor pillars were leaked.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2012, 20:09 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday wanted to
know from the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) as to how
information on the structural drawings and design of metro
corridor pillars were leaked and posted on the website when it
was claiming that such information cannot be disclosed under
the RTI law.

"Has any effort been made to find out how it was leaked
and put on the website. You can find out," a bench comprising
justices P Sathasivam and J Chelameswar said while staying the
order of the Delhi High Court which had asked the DMRC to make
public information about the July 2009 collapse of a metro
corridor pillar at Zamrudpur in south Delhi killing six
persons.

The DMRC has challenged the August 1, 2011 judgement of
the division bench of the High Court which had held that there
was no security threat in providing such information under the
Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Attorney General GE Vahanvati said not only for the
security reasons but also for the commercial considerations
the information on structural drawings and planning of Delhi
metro cannot be made public as there was always a fear that
it may go into wrong hands.

He said DMRC is a flagship company which is competing for
the metro projects in other cities and in view of that "how
can there be no confidentiality".

However, Sudhir Vohra, a Delhi-based architect, who is
seeking information on the issue, said the plea of security
concern cannot hold water as he was not asking for information
on airports, oil pipelines or power plants.

He said he had written a letter to DMRC for the drawing
of one pillar which broke down in the year 2009 and he
received a reply from the top official that there was a defect
in the design resulting in the collapse.

PTI