The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro, controlled by the Reliance Infra-led Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL), is all set to steel itself from the prying queries of the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
The consensus within the firm is that there is nothing in the Metro Railway (Operations and Maintenance) Act that compels MMOPL to be brought under the ambit of the RTI, despite it being designated the all-powerful Metro Railway Administrator.
The feeling among Rel Infra bigwigs is that the current mechanism, wherein Mumbaikars could direct their RTI pleas to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for information pertaining to the VAG corridor, will work just fine.
Such a mechanism already exists in Gurgaon, where the country’s first fully privately financed metro – Rapid Metro Guragon Ltd (RMGL) — has an arrangement under which people can either mail queries to the RMGL website or direct their RTI pleas to the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA), under whose auspices the RMGL works. More info