Supply Zamrudpur metro pillar information to RTI applicant: HC

The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to disclose under the RTI Act, information pertaining to the Zamrudpur metro pillar.

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2010, 09:45 AM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to disclose under the RTI Act, information pertaining to the Zamrudpur
metro pillar, which collapsed killing six persons last year.

Dismissing a petition against CIC`s order to supply informations about the cantilevered bracket of metro pillar no 67 in Zamrudpur to RTI applicant Sudhir Vohra, Justice S
Muralidhar said the probe report in the accident was available on the internet and so the DMRC could not deny to furnish them to the applicant.

"The information and the details of the design are on the Internet and therefore in the public domain. In these circumstances, the disclosure of such design can hardly be
said to prejudicially affect the security, strategic, scientific or economic interests of DMRC," the court said.

The judge rejected the corporation`s argument that it was exempted from furnishing the information as the design of the pillar was the intellectual property of DMRC under the
Copy Right Act.

On March 3, the CIC had directed DMRC to supplyinformation to Vohra that he had sought about the design and layout of the structure following the accident.

Six labourers were killed and several injured after the pillar on the Central secretariat to Badarpur corridor had collapsed in July last year.

According to DMRC, the pillar collapsed due to design and material deficiencies and the design team of the DMRC is not equipped to check each and every drawing.

PTI