Who got the land for auto-scrapping? CIC asks Delhi govt

The Central Information Commission has asked the Delhi Government to inquire into the alleged irregularities in land allotment to a private firm for scrapping old autos rickshaws.

Last Updated: Oct 08, 2010, 21:22 PM IST

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission has asked the Delhi Government to inquire into the alleged irregularities in land allotment to a private firm for scrapping old autos rickshaws.

During the hearing in a case, it came to light that while the government entered in private-public partnership with an automobile major for scrapping old auto-rickshaws and
awarded about 1000 square meter of land for the same, electricity bills for the locations are being issued in the name of another company.

"The appellant had sought details about a so-called Public-Private Partnership under which it is stated that a private party namely `Bajaj Auto Limited` is supposed to have
a monopoly over all scrapping of old auto rickshaws in Delhi," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi noted.

The Supreme Court has put a sealing of 55,000 on the auto-rickshaws plying on the roads of the national capital. Any new auto can only be purchased by the owner after an old one is scrapped and a certificate is issued in this regard.

He said the Transport Department of Delhi Government has claimed that it does not have agreement documents and a non-cognizable complaint has been lodged with the Police in
this regard "The appellant had sought a copy of the electricity bill for the said plot and has been given an electricity bill in the name of M/s PRG Enterprises and Mr. Rajesh Tiwari! There is no evidence that any rent has been taken for the thousand square meters of land which has been given to `Bajaj Auto Limited/PRG Enterprises/Rajesh Tiwari`," Gandhi observed.
"Nobody knows what the basis of this so-called agreement is or whether the plot has been gifted to Rajesh Tiwari. The entire matter is sounding very suspicious," he pointed out. Gandhi, using his powers under relevant provisions of the Right to Information Act, requested the Chief Secretary of Delhi to setup an inquiry into the issue and inform the
appellant and the Commission about the true state of affairs before October 30.

"The PIO is directed to inform the appellant about how many auto-rickshaws have been replaced and how many are balance to be replaced before 30 October 2010," he said.

PTI