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Central Information Commission Room No.307, II Floor, B Wing, August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi­110066 Telefax:011­26180532 & 011­26107254 website­cic.gov.in

  Adjunct to Complaint No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC//DS/C/2013/000003 Appellant /Complainant

:

1. Sh. Subhash Chandra Agrawal, Delhi  2. Sh. Kirti Azad, Delhi – Represented by Sh. 

Sameer                  Bahadur       Public Authority

:

North Delhi Municipal Corporation, New Delhi  (Sh  Kirti Pal, AE(B)CNZ/APIO, Sh. Louis Danie, 

Hd.Clerk,

Date of Hearing  Date of Decision    Facts:­  1.

PIO, HQ North, Sh. Raj Kumar, JE(B)/CNZ, Sh.  M.K.Nighawan, EE(B)City Zone, Sh. P.C.Machiwal,  JE (B) City Zone) :

 15 January 2013 

:

 15 January 2013 

Further to Commission’s order of even number dated 11 January 2013, the 

matter was   heard   today.   Both   parties   as   above   appeared   in   person   and   made  submissions.   Appellant  once   again   raised   the   issues  pertaining   to   the   safety   and  security   of     thousands   of   spectators   who   witness   the   cricket   matches   at   the  Ferozeshah   Kotla   Cricket   Complex   at   New   Delhi   and   sought   information   with  reference to the issuance of the Provisional Occupancy Certificates by MCD to the  DDCA   (Delhi     &   District   Cricket   Association)   for   holding   cricket   matches   at   this  complex without complying with the mandatory requirements of :  * *

Structural stability certificate NOC from Chief Fire Officer Adjunct to Complaint No. CIC/DS/C/2012/000002,  CIC//DS/C/2012/000003

  


* NOC from Assistant Electrical Inspector  thereby putting at risk the lives of the appellants and other spectators. 2.

CPIO informed the Commission that they had very little time     to collect the 

relevant information sought by the appellant by that they had made photocopies of 50  pages holding information covering the period 2008 – January 2013. The entire set of  papers were handed over to both the appellants at the commencement of the hearing.  CPIO has also brought with him  all the files pertaining to the subject and has offered  opportunity of inspection to the appellants at a date and time convenient to them. 3.

A perusal of the information furnished to the appellants indicates the following:

4.

That the MCD has been diligently pursuing the matter of obtaining the above 

mentioned documents from the DDCA on every occasion when the Chief Administrator  of the DDCA had approached them for providing a Provisional Occupancy Certificate  to hold cricket matches   at the aforementioned stadium complex. During the period  indicated above,  the MCD has  issued Provisional Occupancy Certificates (PoC) in  favour of DDCA on nine occasions listed below 1.  2.  3. 4.  5.  6.  7.  8.  9. 

From 11 October 2008 to 13 October 2008 From 28 September 2009 to 3 November 2009  From 1 December 2009 to 31 December 2009 From 1 March 2010 to 30 April 2010 From 1 February 2011 to 31 May 2011 For matches held on 4 April 2012 17 April 2012 6 January 2012 and 6 January 2013.

5.

Barring the last 4 occasions, when the PoCs were given on the basis of order of 

the High Court of Delhi, all other PoCs were issued after receiving   the Completion  Certificate File dated 14 July 2008 as well as structural safety certificate, fire safety  certificate   and   NOC   from   the   Assistant   Electrical   Inspector.   It   appears   from   the  Adjunct to Complaint No. CIC/DS/C/2012/000002,  CIC//DS/C/2012/000003

  


information provided that these were provisional certificates pending the issue of final  certificates. 6.

The information provided by the CPIO also reflects the concern of the officials 

of the MCD regarding the safety aspect and more than once they have recommended  that the Provisional Occupancy Certificate not be issued in the absence of the required  documents. The noting also reveals that there   is the issue of huge outstanding   of  property tax from the  DDCA ( Rs8.67 crore as on 4 January 2013) and also House tax  and it was recommended several times on file that on this account also the Provisional  Occupancy Certificate should not be issued. Further it has been pointed out by the  Assistant Engineer (B) HQ   that the DUAC has observed in their letter addressed to  DDA with copy marked to the MCD that, "the DDA should not grant the provisional  occupancy certificate (POC) which is in violation of the Building Bye laws and Master  Plan provisions. The completion/Occupancy Certificate should be granted as per BBLs  and Master Plan provisions." It  is  also noted by Assistant Engineer (Bldg) Central  Zone that there is no provision for issuing provisional occupancy certificate as per  Building Bye Laws, 1983. 7.

It is observed that on at least two occasions, the Deputy Commissioner (City 

Zone) and the Assistant Engineer (Bldg) have noted that permission may be granted  to DDCA to hold international matches at their own risk and cost subject to obtaining  NOC from Chief Fire Officer, Delhi and that DDCA shall be required to furnish an  undertaking that MCD shall not be liable for any untoward incident during the said  period. Decision notice 8.

The appellant had sought information for the period 17 April 2005 up to 4 April 

2012. After perusing the above documents Commission is satisfied that broadly, the  information sought by the appellants has been furnished to them but for the period  2008 – January 2013. Keeping in view that the matter was listed at a very early date  for the reasons recorded in Commission’s order of even number dated 11 January  2013,   it   is   commendable   that   the   CPIO   has   been   able   to   collect   the   requested  Adjunct to Complaint No. CIC/DS/C/2012/000002,  CIC//DS/C/2012/000003

  


information and provide the same to the appellants today at the hearing. Appellants  will   peruse   the   information   provided   to   them  today   and   in   case   it   is   found   to   be  deficient in respect of any of the points listed in the RTI application, they will convey  the   same   to   the   CPIO   by   18   January   2013.   CPIO   will   provide   the   requested  information to the appellant before 1 February 2013. 9.

The subject matter of the RTI application is without doubt a matter of larger 

public interest. Cricket and other sports enthusiasts flock to the aforementioned cricket  grounds and it is in the interest of good governance and accountability to the public,  which   is   at   the   very   heart   of   the   RTI   Act,   that   the   agencies   charged   with   the  responsibility of maintaining the highest standards of safety at venues such as the  Ferozeshah Kotla Cricket grounds discharge their duties to the fullest.  10.

CPIO is directed to place a copy of order  before the Mayor of the South Delhi 

Municipal Corporation.

(Smt. Deepak Sandhu) Information Commissioner (DS) Authenticated true copy:

(T. K. Mohapatra) Dy. Secretary & Dy. Registrar Tel. No. 011­26105027

Adjunct to Complaint No. CIC/DS/C/2012/000002,  CIC//DS/C/2012/000003

  


Copy to:­ 1. Shri Subhash ChandraAgrawal 1775, Kucha Lattushah Dariba, Chandni Chowk,  Delhi­110006 2. Shri Kirti Azad (Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha) 25, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla Lane Kasturba Gandhi Marg,  New Delhi­110001 3. The CPIO  North Delhi Municipal Corporation  (through  O/o the Commissioner, NDMC) Dr. S.P.M. Civil Centre J.L.N. Marg, Minto Road  New Delhi­110002 4. Shri R.P. Meena Executive Engineer (B) South Delhi Municipal Corporation Room No. 209, D.C. Central Zone Office  Jal Vihar, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi­110024    

Adjunct to Complaint No. CIC/DS/C/2012/000002,  CIC//DS/C/2012/000003

  


Central Information Commission Room No.307, II Floor, B Wing, August Kranti Bhawan, Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi­110066 Telefax:011­26180532 & 011­26107254 website­cic.gov.in

 Complaint: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003 Appellant /Complainant :

1. Sh. Subhash Chandra Agrawal, Delhi  2. Sh. Kirti Azad, Delhi – Represented by Sh. Sameer     Bahadur    

Public Authority

:

North Delhi Municipal Corporation, New Delhi  (Sh. Ram Phal, PIO/NDMC)

Date of Hearing 

:

 11 January 2013 

Date of Decision    Facts:­ 

:

 11 January 2013 

1. Applicants submitted separate RTI applications, both dated 31 December 2012  before the CPIO, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, New Delhi to obtain information  through   nine   points   pertaining   to   the   documents/correspondence/file   notings   etc.  pertaining to the structural safety, no objection certificate from fire department etc  in  respect of the Ferozshah Kotla cricket grounds –  enclosed herewith as Annexure  A.  2. The identical applications was preferred under the proviso to sub section (1) of  section 7 of the RTI Act which reads as follows: "Provided that where the information sought for concerns the life or liberty of a   person,   the   same   shall   be   provided   within   48   hours   of   the   receipt   of   the   request."

Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


3. The RTI application states that the requested information has a bearing on the  safety and life of thousands of spectators (including  that of the appellants)  who were  present in the cricket stadium to watch the cricket match held on 6 January 2013. 4. Not   receiving   any   information   from   the   CPIO,   the   appellants   moved   the  Commission by preferring complaint vide their applications dated 7 January  2013   and   8   January   2013.   The   Commission   registered   the   applications   as  second appeals and issued notice to both the parties in the above mentioned  cases that hearing  will be held in the Central information Commission under  section 19 (3) of the Act on 11 January 2013 at 12:45 PM. Early hearing was  granted   as   the   Commission,   after   going   through   the   contents   of   the  applications  concluded  that the  issues  raised therein relate  to larger public  interest. 5. Matter was heard today. Both parties as above appeared in person and made  submissions. CPIO stated that he represented the North Delhi Municipal Corporation  whereas   the   Ferozeshah   Kotla   cricket   grounds   fell   within   the   jurisdiction   of  CPIO/Executive Engineer (Bldg), Central zone, Lajpat Nagar, South Delhi Municipal  Corporation. Therefore, they were not in a position to provide any information to the  appellants in response to their RTI applications. Appellants countered by stating that  they had preferred their respective RTI applications after ascertaining the jurisdiction  of the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium from the website of the MCD. Decision notice

6. After hearing   both   parties,   Commission   directs   the   CPIO/Executive  Engineer   (Bldg),   Central   zone,   South   Delhi   Municipal   Corporation,   Lajpat  Nagar to provide full and complete information as held by the public authority  to   the   appellants   by   Monday,   14   January   2013.   Commission   will   review  compliance   of   this   order   and   all   parties   are   directed   to   appear   before   the  Commission on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 at 10:30 AM. It is placed on record  Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


that the CPIO who has appeared before us today has taken note of the oral  order passed today in open court and will forward the RTI application to the  holder of information and also convey the orders of the Commission   today  itself to the concerned CPIO as recorded hereinabove.  7. Respondent is also directed to update their website so as to reflect the correct  information regarding the jurisdiction of the 3 trifurcated Municipal Corporations. 

(Smt. Deepak Sandhu) Information Commissioner (DS) Authenticated true copy:

(T. K. Mohapatra) Dy. Secretary & Dy. Registrar Tel. No. 011­26105027

Copy to:­  1. Shri Subhash ChandraAgrawal 1775, Kucha Lattushah Dariba, Chandni Chowk,  Delhi­110006 2. Shri Kirti Azad (Member of Parliament – Lok Sabha) 25, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla Lane Kasturba Gandhi Marg,  Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


New Delhi­110001 3. The CPIO  North Delhi Municipal Corporation  (through  O/o the Commissioner, NDMC) Dr. S.P.M. Civil Centre J.L.N. Marg, Minto Road  New Delhi­110002 4. Shri R.P. Meena Executive Engineer (B) South Delhi Municipal Corporation Room No. 209, D.C. Central Zone Office  Jal Vihar, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi­110024

Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


Appeal: No. CIC/DS/C/2013/000002,  CIC/DS/C/2013/000003

  


Most Urgent Central Information Commission Room No.-307, 2nd Floor, B-Wing, August Kranti Bhawan Bhikaji Cama Place, New Delhi–110066. Phone Nos. : 011-2610 5027.

File No. : CIC/DS/C/2013/000002

Date : January 08, 2013

Notice for Hearing Complainant

: Shri S. C. Agrawal, Chandni Chowk (Delhi).

Respondent/s : North Delhi Municipal Corporation, New Delhi.

Date of RTI

: 31/12/2012 (filed under ‘Life CPIO’s Reply : No reply. & Liberty’ of the RTI).

The hearing of the Complaint, dated 07/01/2013 under section 18 of the RTI Act, filed by Shri Subhash Chandra Agrawal, Chandni Chowk (Delhi) in the Central Information Commission under Sec.19(3) of RTI Act 2005, in the above matter will be held in the Court Room No.-307 on the above given address of the Commission at

12:45 P.M. on January 11, 2013. 2. The Commission directs the CPIO to appear in person or may authorize an officer not below the rank of CPIO, who is well conversant with the matter to represent them. The Respondents are directed to give the name, designation and contact number of the person attending the hearing well in advance to the Commission before the date of hearing on phone nos.- 011-26105027 / 26180532. 3. The CPIO is also directed to inform the 3rd party if any to enable the 3rd party to defend or present his/her case before the Commission on the scheduled date of hearing. He/she may also file written submissions if any. 4. The Complainant is also given the opportunity to appear before the Commission in person or through his duly authorized representative.

(T. K. Mohapatra) Dy. Secretary & Dy. Registrar


Central Public Information Officer under RTI North Delhi Municipal Corporation, (Through O/o. the Commissioner, NDMC), Dr. S. P. M. Civic Centre, J. L. N. Marg, Minto Road, New Delhi-110002.

Shri Subhash Chandra Agrawal 1775, Kucha Lattushah, Dariba, Chandni Chowk, Delhi-110006.

Note : Both Parties are requested to be Present at least Fifteen (15) Minutes before the Scheduled Time.

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Kotla RTI CiC  

Further to Commission’s order of even number dated 11 January 2013, the matter was heard today.