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  1. As reported by Hamari Jamatia in expressindia.com on 07 SEptember 2010: CEC tells agencies to spill tender beans - Express India CEC tells agencies to spill tender beans New Delhi The Central Information Commission (CIC) has taken various civic agencies to task for maintaining undue secrecy with regard to information on issuance of tenders. Not content with asking the NDMC, MCD, PWD and the Delhi Government to give out information on just Commonwealth Games-related tenders, the CIC has now directed them to reveal the details of all such deals they have made in the last five years. In a letter to the agencies on August 10, the CIC asked them to make the information public on its website. Stating that a lot of information on the agency is not available on the public domain, as stipulated under Section IV of the RTI Act, it said that such an action would not only effect more “transparency” in its dealings but also “reduce the load of RTI applications”. Specifically highlighted in the letter was a request that penalties imposed on companies, which have not been able to complete work, be made public. In the letter sent to the NDMC, the CIC has asked it to disclose information on the nature of work given, date of tendering, estimated value of tender, number of tenders received for a particular project, details of the entities that had applied for the tender, the chosen contractor, rate of awarding work and estimated “life-span” of the completed work. The agencies have been asked to furnish all the information required by September 15. On August 8, the CIC had asked the agencies concerned to reveal information on tendering processes involving Commonwealth Games projects.
  2. As reported at ptinews.com on 9 June, 2010 New Delhi, Jun 9 (PTI) The Central Information Commission has asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to refrain from rejecting RTI applications on "flimsy" grounds. The civic body has refused to accept an RTI application addressed to its Central Public Information Officer saying there was no such post in its office. "A citizen has no means or the necessity of understanding as to which Public Information Officer within MCD or any other department is to be addressed. "It is for the department to ensure that any communication received in the capacity of an RTI application shall be accepted and further forwarded to the concerned Public Information Officer," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi ordered the civic body while hearing the plea of activist S C Agrawal.
  3. CIC complains to ACB about illegal houses as reported by Ambika Pandit, TNN, Jun 4, 2010, 03.11am IST NEW DELHI: Perturbed by the blatant violation of construction laws and the failure of a system that allows a flourishing nexus between builders and government officials, Central Information Commissioner (CIC) Shailesh Gandhi has lodged a complaint with the state anti-corruption bureau against illegal constructions in the city, including about 140 buildings in the Shahdara area. Gandhi said he felt it was his moral duty to bring such violations to an end even though as a statutory authority he was not empowered to taken action in this matter. Hence, he decided to lodge a complaint with the ACB which registered an FIR under the Prevention of Corruption Act against "officials of the MCD and others'' in February. "As the CIC, I have had the opportunity to decide on a batch of appeals on unauthorised constructions in different parts of the city," the FIR said. Gandhi went on to list various cases he had heard in his capacity as CIC and cited house numbers and details of the sequence of events as laid out by the complainants before him. Gandhi pointed out illegal constructions in Karol Bagh, Shalimar Park and Shahdara among other places. Gandhi cited an appeal which had highlighted unauthorised constructions in 65 buildings in just one MCD zone, Shahdara (South). "Buildings up to four storeys had come up without the MCD's permission. The superintending engineer concerned had acknowledged the presence of these unauthorised constructions. He had even informed the appellant and the commission that construction on 74 other properties in the Shahdara zone had been undertaken without requisite permission from the MCD," Gandhi stated in the FIR. "All these constructions took place in the past six months without any permission. There is a clear modus operandi at work to ensure that illegal buildings can come up without any hindrance. The builder starts construction, most likely in violation of norms, and officials concerned turn a blind eye. And to top it, no cognizance is taken of complaints,'' the FIR said. Gandhi said citizens who exercise their Right to Information (RTI) make little headway as the agencies concerned state in their replies that there's no record of any illegal construction activities. "The buildings are constructed in about six months time and subsequently, declared as old buildings. Such blatant defiance of the law benefits the builders and some government officials, but leads to a breakdown of the legal system," he said in the FIR, adding that it was clear from the magnitude of illegal constructions in the city that they could not have been carried out without help from MCD officials. "It is shameful that government officials in the capital of a country violate the law. Shocked by the extent of unauthorised constructions, the brazenness with which they are carried out and the fact that so many illegal buildings came up in one zone alone, I wrote to the MCD commissioner. In response, he did not give any clear picture of the action taken or what he proposes to do with the erring officials," Gandhi said in the FIR. No arrests have been made so far in the cases cited in the FIR. Additional commissioner of police, ACB, ID Shukla said investigations were on. "Most of the properties with illegal constructions have been identified and the role played by the errant officers will be probed to pin down responsible," Shukla said. CIC complains to ACB about illegal houses - Delhi - City - The Times of India
  4. Atul Patankar

    MCD has no CPIO!

    As reported by SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL at merinews.com on May 08, 2010 EVER SINCE the competent authority at Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) under RTI Act has changed, all letters addressed to ‘Central Public Information Officer (CPIO)’ mailed through Speed Post or Registered Post at MCD headquarters at Town Hall, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-110006 are returned undelivered with remark ‘No such post at MCD Town Hall’. Earlier RTI petitions sent at this address were duly acknowledged by MCD. Interestingly even other government-departments sent transferred RTI petitions concerning MCD at this very address only. But only commoners sending RTI petitions to MCD are harassed deliberately. Central Information Commission and Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) should look into the matter, and take action against Competent Authority and the Postal Receipt Executive at MCD so that users of RTI Act may not be harassed. It is significant to note that even MCD website does not have any details about CPIO and first Appellate Authorities at MCD despite the fact that Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi handling petitions against MCD at Central Information Commission gave an educative lecture to MCD officers for dealing RTI petitions as indicated at MCD website. Source: MCD has no CPIO!
  5. MCD to penalize 8 of its officials As reported by Ruhi Bhasin | TNN New Delhi: MCD has decided to start penalty proceedings against eight of its officials in Shahdara (south) zone for their alleged complicity in unauthorized construction. MCD decided to take action against the corrupt officials after Central Vigilance Commission intervened when it was approached by Manish Aggarwal, a resident of Yojna Vihar in east Delhi. Manish said he was trying to draw attention of MCD to unauthorized construction that was being carried out by his neighbour since 2008 but no avail. Aggarwal said even now while MCD has decided to take action against the corrupt officials, it has yet to take note of the unauthorized construction. As per an RTI reply, MCD commissioner K S Mehra has directed initiation of major penalty proceedings against three executive engineers, two assistant engineers and three junior engineers. ‘‘I had to fight for a long time just to get MCD to take some action in this matter. I had shifted to my first-floor house in Yojana Vihar in 2008. Soon, I started facing water shortage. When I investigated the matter, I found out residents living on the second floor were carrying out unauthorized construction and had removed my water tank,’’ said Aggarwal. ‘‘I tried to reason with them but they refused to re-install the tank. I then filed a complaint with MCD in September 13, 2008.’’ Even after repeated complaints when no action was taken against the illegal construction, Aggarwal decided to approach senior officials. MCD staff then inspected the ongoing construction in October 2008. Said Aggarwal: ‘‘However, no action was taken against the illegal construction.’’ Article Window
  6. Atul Patankar

    Farmhouse functions: HC seeks answers

    As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 27 May 2009 NEW DELHI: Irked with the violations of its guidelines on holding of functions in city farmhouses, the Delhi HC has decided to crack the whip. It has issued contempt notices against chiefs of MCD, DDA and Delhi Police, demanding an explanation. Justice Manmohan has asked for an explanation from these departments on why they shouldn't be hauled up for not checking marriage functions at farmhouses that take place in defiance of the guidelines. HC acted on a plea filed by Bhrashtachar Virodhi Sangathan. The petitioners alleged that there has been "deliberate and wilful disobedience'' of HC's orders. "Despite orders that farmhouses should be located at a distance of 60 feet from the main road, the civic agencies have allowed weddings to be held at venues that have not only flouted this rule but have even been on roads located at a dead end,'' the petitioners claimed. In November 2007, following a direction from the court, MCD had issued guidelines asking all farm houses to make the public roads free for traffic movement. Farm house owners were asked to have sufficient space for parking of vehicles belonging to guests within the premise. According to the guidelines, for marriage and other social/cultural functions, the use of public address system was banned after 10pm besides the restriction on use of noisy generator for power. The farmhouse owners were asked not to book the property for more than 120 times in an year. Alleging further violation, the petitioners complained through advocate Manjit Singh Ahluwalia that the MCD has not come clear on how many farmhouses are paying it the fee to get permission for holding functions. While the MCD, in response to an RTI plea gave a figure, the petitioners claim there are many farmhouses that have altered a part of their farmhouse into a motel and are holding functions in the garb of it being a motel. Source: Farmhouse functions: HC seeks answers - Delhi - Cities - The Times of India
  7. dear sir there is lot of unauthorized construction of 4th floor is going on in DDA SFS flats which has result in various threats like. 1. voilation of high court order which allow only A barsati on the roof terrace of the top floor in addition to mumty is allowed 2. Blocking the use of terrace by ground and 1st floor owners. 3. high scale corruption to construct such floors lot of bribe is paid to MCD ,DDA and POLICE officers . 4. Damaging the safety of structure . which was constructed to acumudate ground ,1st and 2nd floor. All the addition/alteration(s) and additional coverage will be governed by 5 basic principals: 1). There is no encroachment on the public land. 2). Structural stability of the building is ensured. 3). Light and ventilation of the habitable rooms is ensured as per the building byelaws. 4). There is no infringement of other's rights. 5). The service elements such as manhole, rainwater fittings, sanitary fittings etc. are not disturbed and remain exposed for periodical inspection and maintenance. none of these above principals apply to 4th floor construction FACTS: 1. Roof terraces are common spaces as defined by the MoUD to the parliament when the issue was raised during the Delhi Apartment Owners Bill 2. The DDA handbook allows for addition / alteration for increase in COVERED area, but the process of usurping the space on the roof terraces is an INCREASE IN THE PLINTH AREA of the top floor allottee. THE PLINTH AREA (as recorded in the title/sale/lease/registry deed as thats what one has paid for.) CANNOT BE INCREASED. none of department like DDA ,MCD AND POLICE are doing there duties to stop such construction. nor media or press is doing there part to publish such story
  8. As reported at thaindian.com on February 16th, 2010 New Delhi, Feb 16 (IANS) The Central Information Commission (CIC) has said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) should fix a timeframe within which action has to be taken against unauthorised constructions. The decision came on an application filed by one Birinder Singh who had sought some information from the MCD regarding demolition of an unauthorised construction. But when the MCD’s reply did not satisfy him, he approached the CIC. During a hearing held Feb 10, the MCD told the commission that “an unauthorised construction has to be booked within 20 days” but “there is no time limit for taking action in terms of sealing or demolition after this in the norms”. “The Commission feels that this is a weakness in the working of the MCD. Section 4 (1) (b) (iv) of the RTI (Right to information) Act requires that norms set by a public authority for discharge of its functions must be disclosed,” information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi noted in his order. “If norms of the time period for taking action after booking of unauthorised construction are not laid down, it would only lead to defiance of the rule of law and arbitrariness and corruption,” he observed. “The Commission recommends that MCD should consider fixing some norms for the time within which action would be taken in case of unauthorised construction,” Gandhi noted in his order dated Feb 10. Source: Fix timeframe for action on illegal structures, MCD told
  9. As reported at ptinews.com on 21 December 2009 New Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) There is "systematic corruption" in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi as files are going missing from it, the Central Information Commission has held while imposing the maximum penalty under the RTI Act 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, and it is necessary that some authority should take cognizance of this if the capital of this Country is to live by any set of rules and laws," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said in his order. Source: fullstory
  10. ..hello...i'm new to this so i'll need someone to tell me if i'm doing things the wrong way, but there's something that i've wanted to know for quite a long time...how exactly do the municipal bodies function?(i'm mainly interested in garbage dumping and how its being managed by the government in different parts of the country right now, but i'm sure there's a lot of other stuff that i'll be interested in)...also im very clear on the fact that its going to be very hard for people(especially us college going people who've got loads of time on their hands and would like to make a difference to the way things are working) to do anything without knowing how the municipality functions in the first place(i'll elaborate on what i mean if i get any sensible replies to this thread)....so i'd really appreciate it if someone told me or referred me to someplace else where i could find out about things...thanks..
  11. I filled RTI application with MCD regarding the condition of roads in my colony on 25/09/2009. The roads were never made or repaired in last 10 years. I received reply from PIO on 4/11/2009 which was not satisfatory. But to my surprise MCD contrator started making the roads in the entire colony on the night of 6th Nov. Within one week roads of entire colony were made new. Here the RTI application and reply of the PIO. Cheers, Kapil mcd rti bdestate roads.pdf transfer of application.pdf reply by pio clz bdestate.pdf
  12. Is it possible to compel Public Authority(MCD in this case) to accept RTI applications thru Central Assitant Public Information Officers(CAPIOs) of Department of Post(DoP)? Though MCD is Municipal Corporation of Delhi yet it is in administertive control of Union Government of Delhi ? So why MCD does not accept RTI applications thru CPIOs. How can one compel MCD to accept RTI applications & appeals thru CAPIOs of DoP? Thanks & Regards, Kapil
  13. Atul Patankar

    MCD digging near monument irks HC

    As reported at timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 29 October 2009 NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has taken a grim view of allegations that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) caused massive destruction to protected monuments by digging a drain in the area. A Division Bench of HC on Wednesday instructed the director general of ASI to visit the digging site and inspect the area to ascertain how much, if any, damage has been caused to an 18th century protected monument in north Delhi called Tripolia Gateways the only three-arched gateway in the city. The court has given ASI two days to survey the area and submit a detailed status report before it. HC's directive came on a petition filed by the local residents welfare association (RWA) of Maharana Pratap Bagh against the drainage work being undertaken by the civic agency. RWA president Saurabh Gandhi through his counsel informed HC that the RWA had filed an RTI with both Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and MCD and the reply showed that MCD had not taken any clearance from ASI to start construction so close to a protected monument even as it continued to maintain this stance officially. Under the RTI response, MCD has also said that it does not require any NOC for the drainage work. The petition further informs HC that according to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958, no construction work or digging is allowed within 100 metres of a protected monument. However, in the case of Tripolia Gateways, a 25ft-deep pit has been dug up by MCD less than five-feet from the structure. "The drain is being constructed without any permission from ASI. Not only has the work affected the foundation of Tripolia Gateways monument, it has also deeply affected water supply to colonies situated on both sides of the drain,'' the petition says. The HC will take up the status report of ASI on November 3, the next date of hearing. Source: MCD digging near monument irks HC - Delhi - City - The Times of India
  14. gaurav.wadhwa

    Plight of Parks in Delhi

    Hi, Why the parks in Delhi can be maintained. I'm the resident of Hari Nagar DDA LIG Flats (Hari Enclave) for last 20 years and have observed the poor inspection of such parks by higher authorities. It is not for the first time I thought of complaining this but could not thinking of nothing will happen. Lets see, if someone can take a notice of this permanent problem and take corrective actions. At times, whenever there is a VVIP visit, all of a sudden, a team of more than 12 people starts clean these parks and then it goes for a toss for next 1-2 years before the election comes. The local residents took self initiatives to keep them clean but they could not spend money wherever that was required. Please do something boss. We are actually living in slum. The movement I leave my house, the street of full of street dogs, garbage, dirty parks, no footpath to walk (already occupied by local shop owners) and so on....
  15. As reported by Nivedita Khandekar, in The Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Aug 28 2009 MCD official fined for misleading info- Hindustan Times The Central Information Commission (CIC) has imposed a monetary penalty on an official of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The reason: He supplied misleading information and delayed in replying to an application by an RWA under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Fed up with years of dilly-dallying by the MCD, residents of Raja Garden used the RTI to find out about civic facilities in their area. But even the RTI failed to evoke a response from the civic body, when they approached the CIC. The CIC in its decision in June pulled up the MCD’s public information officer (PIO) for not providing information on time and to fix responsibility for the delay. In its decision on August 25, the CIC has imposed a penalty on him under section 20 (1) of the RTI Act for a delay of 32 days at the rate of Rs 250 per day, amounting to Rs 8,000. The case pertained to an area occupied in allegedly in an unauthorised manner in Raja Garden. Almost two decades ago, a fire destroyed a timber mart in the area and the traders had been relocated. But many of them came back and continued to occupy the original place. The RWA filed an RTI application in August 2008 and sought to know whether the MCD had acquired any land for civic facilities. The CIC had in June asked the MCD to give the names of the officers responsible for the delay to the commission before June 30 and also asked to ensure that the applicant is provided with the relevant information before June 25. When the MCD sent its reply, Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi on August 25, imposed this penalty on the PIO and asked the MCD to ensure that the amount is recovered from his salary by November 2009.
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    CIC fines MCD clerk Rs 4,750

    CIC fines MCD clerk Rs 4,750 as reported in The Asian Age, October 18, 2008 New Delhi, Oct. 17: In an "unusual" decision to penalise junior level officials for lapses, Central Information Commission has slapped a fine of Rs 4,750 on an MCD clerk who failed to provide information to an RTI applicant within the stipulated time. The Chief Information Commissioner ordered the additional commissioner (slum and JJ department) to realise the amount from his salary for a lapse in which another clerk was also allegedly involved. "It is, however, not usually the practice of this commission to penalise subordinate officials of the level of UDC and LDC. In this case, however, officials Jai Chand and Sewak Singh are both serving as field officers in addition to their ranking of UDC and LDC." "They cannot, therefore, plead this as a reasonable excuse for delay, being only subject to the direction of PIO and executives on their own," said CIC Wajahat Habibullah. Sewak Singh had admitted before the commission his failure to provide the information after Jai Chand took the defence that he had forwarded the RTI plea to him. —PTI The Asian Age - Enjoy the difference
  17. As reported at Indopia.in: Indian entertainment, news,cricket news ,election result news, business news, classifieds, yellow pages, white pages, neighborhood, multi-media, movies, games, shopping on July 16,2009 New Delhi, Jul 16 (PTI) Even after six decades of its establishment, the controlling authority for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi is unknown even to the mandarins of the department, an RTI reply has revealed. Replying to an applicant Harender Singh, who asked a question to the civic body"Is MCD under NCT of Delhi or under Central Government?", the MCD Central Public Information Officer said,"MCD was established by an Act of legislature of Parliament on April 7, 1958. We don't have any clear notification." Unsatisfied by the reply, Singh, a resident of Uttam Nagar, made first appeal which was rejected by the appellate authority. The authority also said there was no ambiguity about the subject."The PIO is required to supply the material (information) in the form as held by the public authority and is not required to do research on behalf of the citizen (RTI applicant) to deduce anything from the material and supply it to him,"the authority said. Source: National : RTI application reflects lack of clarity in MCD governance : 624653
  18. As reported at hindu.com on 11 June 2009 New Delhi (PTI) The Central Information Commission (CIC) has issued showcause notices to five MCD officials for "knowingly furnishing" false information to an RTI applicant. The notices are issued to Public Information Officers -- Assistant Commissioner R K Parashar, Executive Engineer A K Singh, Licencing Inspector Shishupal, Junior Engineer Ravi Kumar and Assistant Engineer N S Meena. The decision came while hearing a complaint over alleged encroachment done by 'Manushi Sangathan', an NGO, in Sewa Nagar area of South Delhi. Dilip Kumar had filed an RTI application in April last year asking the MCD details of encroachment from Sewa Nagar Railway Station to Hanuman Mandir and the action taken by the civic agency for removing it. In his reply, the PIO has stated that the construction is illegal and a letter has been written to the NGO to take necessary action for removing it. Not satisfied over the steps taken by the MCD, the applicant filed a first appeal on May 25, 2008 to know the details of action taken by the civic agency in removing the encroachment. The First Appellant Authority also directed the related PIO to inspect the site within 30 days and give information to the applicant about the necessary action taken. Source: The Hindu News Update Service
  19. As reported at www.indianexpress.com on 24 May, 2009 New Delhi : Has MCD become a haven for corrupt officials? The official data indicates so. There are about 4,300 corruption cases against MCD employees in which the investigations are pending, some of them for more than three decades. In reply to an RTI query, the Public Information Officer of Vigilance department of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) said that as many as 4,299 cases were pending against about 3,350 officials. The employee strength of the civic body is around 1.5 lakh. Out of the registered cases, 1,435 cases were by anti- corruption branch of the Delhi Government, Police and CBI whereas 2,877 such cases were registered by the MCD's vigilance wing. The Anti-Corruption branch has registered 40 cases under different sections of Prevention of Corruption Act against 100 MCD officials and some other private persons. Most of the tainted MCD officials, working at middle and senior levels like zonal incharge, superintendent and executive engineers, have over two to three such cases against them, the RTI reply said. Exercising his right to information, Vivek Garg, an RTI activist and advocate, sought data related to cases awaiting prosecution in the last 25 years. "The information was initially denied by the PIO. I filed first appeal after that they sent me 96-page list containing name of officials in MCD against whom departmental action and police cases are pending," Garg said. Even more discouraging is the fact that three officials retired from the MCD without completing the probe in such cases. "MCD has become the nerve centre of corruption. Accused in connivance with other corrupt officials have avoided probe and prosecution in cases against them," Garg said. However, Chief Vigilance Officer of MCD Pradeep Shrivastava refused to comment over the issue. When contacted, MCD Commissioner K S Mehra expressed unawareness over the issue and said he will be able to comment on it after some time. Source: Nearly 4,300 corruption cases pending against MCD officials
  20. As reported by zeenews.com New Delhi, Dec 15: The Central Information Commission has imposed penalty of over Rs 20 lakh since 2005 on different public sector organisations for denying information to RTI applicants and the MCD has the dubious distinction of being fined the most number of times. Out of the 146 cases in which the CIC has imposed penalty since its inception in 2005 till August 2008, such fines were imposed 32 times on the MCD -- making it an organisation with the worst track record in implementing the RTI Act. While replying to a query filed by an RTI applicant from Orissa, Sidharth Misra, Central Information Commission CPIO Tarun Kumar said the total amount of penalty imposed on the MCD till August amounts to Rs 3.81 lakh. However, till date it has been able to recover an amount of Rs 1.10 lakh only from its officials responsible for the lapses. The total amount of penalty imposed by the CIC on different public sector organisation stands at Rs 21,69,750. The delay of more than one day in providing the information to the appellant cost the MCD a penalty Rs 250. The civic body has been directed to pay Rs 25,000 in a case where there was a delay of 135 days in providing information. "Every now and then we get to hear that the MCD is imposing fines in the Delhi to check littering on the roads, to check errant house owners for contributing to malaria/dengue and also on parking mafia," Misra said. The MCD has also requested the Delhi government to revise the fine amounts in order to overcome the losses incurred over the past years. So, it was not proper for the MCD to be the first in the list, he added. As per the reply, the next to follow the MCD in the list of most penalised organisations includes the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (13 times) and the Delhi Development Authority (eight times). Source : MCD most penalised organisation for RTI default since 2005
  21. Hi All Let me introduce myself first. I am Robin Jacob Abraham and work in Mumbai with a marketing firm. I was previously working in Delhi with a company that seemed to have lost all understanding of ethics. In february, 2008, the office premises were sealed by the MCD( Municipal Corporation of Delhi) as per regulations that do not allow a commercial establishment to be run from a residential area. However, within 2-3 months, the premise was desealed and the business continues to operate from the basement of a bungalow in Delhi. I would want to know, if it is possible to gain access to information pertaining to the reasons as to why the property was desealed. Could you help me out with the same thanking you in anticipation yours sincerely Robin
  22. Capital shame: 3 MCD engineers held for substandard road as reported by Ambika Pandit,TNN | 12 Sep 2008 NEW DELHI: It took four years, but the Old Rajinder Nagar RWA finally succeeded in its quest for action against MCD engineers who gave rubble in the name of a road. It started with an RTI query in 2004 and needed a wake-up call from TOI on August 20 to get the Delhi government moving. Finally, acting on an FIR registered in 2004, the anti-corruption branch has arrested the three who allegedly engineered the scam: executive engineer A K Gupta and assistant engineers Rajesh Sharma and V Sharma of Karol Bagh Zone. In a major crackdown, 10 other engineers were also held for allegedly being involved in construction of substandard roads and other corruption cases, inviting a threat of strike from their worried colleagues who feel they are now under siege. This is, perhaps, the first time the nexus between contractors and MCD officials is under threat. With potholes, cracks and depressions still making your daily commute a nightmare, it's a welcome development. It has been a long battle. S P Gupta, 78, who had filed the RTI in 2004 after he found the road from Salwan Public School to School Marg in Old Rajinder Nagar had broken down, was ecstatic. "It's a success but it has taken us four years to reach here," he told TOI. Additional Commissioner of Police (Anti-Corruption) N Dilip Kumar acknowledged the victory of "people's power" in this case, giving full credit to the RWA. He recalled that they had received a complaint from the RWA in 2005 against the contractor, Tyagi Associates, and an inquiry had revealed that substandard material had indeed been used in constructing the road. The amount involved was Rs 140,317 and collusion between the engineers and the contractor was established when the case was registered in 2006. After that, however, the case remained buried in files. MCD refused to part with any details — work order, estimates and budgets — when the RTI was filed in 2004. It took a rap from the Public Grievances Commission for MCD to finally open up. Since there were glaring discrepancies, PGC's help was sought to lift samples of the road. MCD lifted separate samples and sent them to Central Road Research Institute while the RWA sent its samples to Shriram Institute for Industrial Research. Both reports were damning but the one prepared by Shriram institute revealed a deviation of around 75%, ACP Kumar recalled. The road converted from "dense carpet" to "cement concrete" had only half of the genuine material while the rest was gravel and sand. Since that was settled way back in 2006, it's a mystery why no action was taken. Magsaysay Award winner Arvind Kejriwal, an RTI pioneer, is, however, celebrating the success of the RWA. "This should get the people of Delhi motivated to file RTIs, make complaints to the anti-corruption branch and not just sit back and criticize the agencies for inaction." Capital shame: 3 MCD engineers held for substandard road-Delhi-Cities-The Times of India
  23. CIC pulls up MCD for not responding to notice, summons As Reported by Zee News July 22, 2008 New Delhi, July 22: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has pulled up the MCD for not responding to a notice issued to it over a petition seeking details on appointments made in the civic agency on compassionate grounds. "This Commission takes an adverse view of the MCD failing to respond both to our appeal notice and summons for appearance in hearing," Central Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said. The Commission has decided to proceed with the hearing of a case without the presence of MCD officials. It's observation came while hearing a petition filed by Mahinder Kaur of Haryana seeking information on MCD employees who were appointed on the compassionate grounds. She said that the full information has not been provided to her by MCD. The Commission directed the MCD to give the petitioner information pertaining to appointments made on compassionate grounds along with the criteria adopted in the process. The CIC also ordered the MCD to upload the information sought on its website and kept it up-to-date every time such an appointment is made. It asked the MCD to complete its updation within a period of 20 days. The Commissioner ordered the Health Officer of the MCD to explain the delay in furnishing the information and asked why a penalty of Rs 8,000 should not imposed on him. Bureau Report http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=457256&sid=REG
  24. As reposted in zeenews.com http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?d=457256&sid=REG CIC pulls up MCD for not responding to notice, summons New Delhi, July 22: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has pulled up the MCD for not responding to a notice issued to it over a petition seeking details on appointments made in the civic agency on compassionate grounds. "This Commission takes an adverse view of the MCD failing to respond both to our appeal notice and summons for appearance in hearing," Central Information Commissioner Wajahat Habibullah said. The Commission has decided to proceed with the hearing of a case without the presence of MCD officials. It's observation came while hearing a petition filed by Mahinder Kaur of Haryana seeking information on MCD employees who were appointed on the compassionate grounds. She said that the full information has not been provided to her by MCD. The Commission directed the MCD to give the petitioner information pertaining to appointments made on compassionate grounds along with the criteria adopted in the process. The CIC also ordered the MCD to upload the information sought on its website and kept it up-to-date every time such an appointment is made. It asked the MCD to complete its updation within a period of 20 days. The Commissioner ordered the Health Officer of the MCD to explain the delay in furnishing the information and asked why a penalty of Rs 8,000 should not imposed on him. Bureau Report
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