Place maintenance details of roads on website: CIC to MCD

The MCD has been directed to put information on condition of roads as well as their upkeep and maintenance on its website before July 15.

New Delhi: The MCD has been directed to
put information on condition of roads as well as their upkeep
and maintenance on its website before July 15.

The Central Information Commission, in its order, said
that since the roads are used by a large number of citizens,
it would be beneficial for them to know the details of regular
maintenance.

The case relates to an RTI application filed by a
resident of Mall Road area Kapil Chawla who wanted to know
from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi whether it is
fulfilling obligations under section four of the transparency
law which mandates every public authority to make proactive
disclosure about its working.

Not getting satisfactory information from the MCD,
Chawla approached the Central Information Commission with his
plea seeking that information about the condition of roads be
put on the MCD website.

"Although basic information under Section 4(1)(b) of
the RTI Act is available on the website of the respondent
public authority (MCD), the more specific request of the
complainant (Chawla) is worth considering, as a large number
of citizens utilise the public roads and it would be
beneficial for them to know details regarding their regular
maintenance," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said.

Gandhi said, "The Commission under the powers vested
in it by virtue of Section 19(8)(a) of the RTI Act, hereby
directs the PIO to place the information relating to
maintenance and upkeep of roads...on the website of the
department."

He said compliance report about the action should be
provided to the transparency panel before July 15 along with
the link to the website where it has been uploaded.

PTI

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