Thanks to an application under the Right to Information (RTI) by a Residents’ Welfare Association in south Delhi, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to put up on its website broad work schedule regarding horticulture works for its parks across the city.
Frustrated with the continued poor or nil maintenance of two parks in their colony, residents of Panchsheel Enclave filed an RTI with the MCD.
Senior Advocate Rajiv Dutta, also the vice president of the Panchsheel Enclave Residents Welfare Association Block A & A1, said, “We asked them various questions related to the upkeep of the parks.”
These included sanctioned strength and actual number of employees at the park, their duty charts, record of maintenance activity and prescribed schedule of the supervisory officer to inspect the parks.
“The MCD did answer a few questions but did not provide the schedule of inspection of the park and the
records of work done in the park,” Dutta added.
So they approached the Central Information Commission (CIC). At the CIC hearing, MCD’s Public Information Officer admitted that the Horticulture Department did not follow any schedule and that the MCD is supposed to follow the CPWD manual. He then promised the CIC to maintain all such data and put it on website.
“MCD has now decided to work as per rules and instructions. This is a good example of how an alert citizen can bring about an improvement in the governance structure of his government,” Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi observed in his decision in September 2009.
Aditya Prasad, a student at the Campus Law Centre, who had filed the RTI on behalf of the residents, claimed, “The MCD has started doing something, but it has uploaded only part information till now.”