A generator was installed in a telephone exchange near appellant’s house - He sought information regarding noise & air pollution - Respondent: Silencer installed & regular electricity connection has been obtained - CIC: Compensation of Rs.1000/- granted
The applicant has sought the information related to the noise and air pollution caused due to running generator of BTS mobile tower Khajouli and the details of the inquiry reports related to it and other information.
Grounds for the Second Appeal: The CPIO has not provided the desired information.
Relevant Facts emerging during Hearing: The following were present
Appellant: Mr. Kaushal Kishore Singh through VC M: 07870764758
Respondent: Mr. K K Jha CPIO’s representative through TC 09431200399
The appellant stated that a 318 KWs generator is installed in the telephone exchange situated at a few meters from his house which is causing severe noise and air pollution adversely affecting his health and that of his family members and he had requested for information but no reply has been received. He pleaded that compensation should be awarded for the detriment caused to him due to non-supply of information. The CPIO’s representative submitted that they have obtained regular electricity connection and have also installed a silencer.
The CPIO is directed to provide the information requested by the appellant in his RTI application dated 06/06/2013 within 7 days from the date of receipt of this order. The appellant has not been provided the information. For the detriment caused he deserves to be compensated, therefore in exercise of the powers vested in the CIC under section 19(8)(b) In its decision, the Central Information Commission or State Information Commission, as the case may be, has the power to require the public authority to compensate the complainant for any loss or other detriment suffered; of the RTI Act, we direct the department to compensate him by an amount of Rs.1000/- for the inconvenience and detriment caused to him. Accordingly, the CPIO should ensure that this amount is remitted to the appellant by demand draft/pay order within 30 days from the date of receipt of this order. The appeal is disposed of accordingly.
Citation: Mr. Kaushal Kishore Singh v. BSNL in File No. CIC/BS/A/2014/000879/7325