The Central Information Commission has fined the DDA for the “unsavoury” manner in which it disposed of an RTI application.
The DDA Vice-Chairman has been directed to pay Rs 2,500 to appellants Rajiv Sapra and Rahul Gupta for unnecessarily harassment to get information regarding a 1981 housing scheme.
The matter relates to the shocking fact that 27 years after the scheme was brought out, 25,000 people have still not got their plots despite paying registration money.
The Commission has wondered whether the absence of a proper reply shows the DDA’s lack of concern for the residents of the city they are mandated to serve.
More embarrassingly for the agency, the Commission constructed its own reply to the query, which suggests that the DDA unilaterally changed a plot scheme to one of flats without formal authorisation or recorded meetings.
An earlier RTI filed with the Ministry of Urban Development informed that the DDA had decided to convert 5,411 plots to group housing scheme —meaning flats — through a letter written by an engineer to the Ministry.
“As we had applied for plots and not flats, we filed an RTI to know whether the engineer was empowered to take this unilateral decision,” Gupta told HT.
Sapra filed an RTI in November 2007. But he did not get any satisfactory response and had to file a first and second appeal.