MUMBAI METRO ONE NOW UNDER RTI ACT

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By Alka Dhupkar  www.mumbaimirror.com

The Maharashtra State information Commission has brought Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) under the ambit of the Right to Information (RTI) Act by declaring it a public authority.

The order will give wide access to citizens to seek more information about the functioning of the Mumbai Metro and proposal to raise fares.

The decision was taken after former central information commissioner (CIC) Shailesh Gandhi complained that he was denied information regarding the Metro. Gandhi had filed an application to MMOPL, asking for copies of the inspection reports of Metro line, compiled by the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS).

The MMOPL didn’t provide any information and advised Gandhi to approach Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Gandhi then challenged this response before the State Information Commission, saying, “The state government and MMRDA has provided financial support of Rs 783 crore, and the government has given nine hectares of land on concessional rate (Re 1 nominal lease rent for metro Carshed). More info

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