Information regarding the length of the median and chainage of the NH 66
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Public Works Department (PWD) seeking information pertaining to NH66 Puducherry. The Public Information Officer (PIO) informed the appellant that the NH 66 Puducherry – Tindivanam Road was declared as National Highway during 1998. On declaration of NH the entire stretch of the road was the property of Government of India. The PIO also added that the information sought for is voluminous and requires deployment of disproportionate manpower. The First Appellate Authority (FAA) directed the PIO to furnish the appropriate available information to the appellant.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent stated that in compliance with the directions of the FAA the office has again informed the appellant about voluminous records nearing about 2000 pages and that it requires culling out information from more than 20 files and requested the appellant to inspect the available records. The appellant has inspected the required records and copy of 29 pages of documents was subsequently provided to the appellant. The appellant submitted that though the roads have been demolished, the PIO has to provide the length of the median and chainage of the road with their official records.
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The Central Information Commission (CIC) directed the PIO to furnish the length and chainage of the median that earlier existed in Puducherry to Tindivanam Road to the appellant free of cost to the appellant, as per the available records.
Citation: Mr. G. Albert Emmanuel v. Public Works Department in Case No. CIC/SS/A/2012/000358
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/832
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