Do the roads have the capacity to carry on the number of vehicles for which permit is issued?
The appellant filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act with the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) seeking information against some points with respect to plying of DTC buses including the periodicity of running of various buses on different routes whether the school buses are owned by the schools or belong to DTC and whether helmets are required for scooter riders the appellant also sought types of buses that DTC is running etc. The Public Information Officer (PIO) provided point wise information.
During the hearing before the Central Information Commission (CIC), the respondent submitted that they received the RTI application late. It was also informed that some queries were transferred to State Transport Authority (STA)/Transport Department. The respondent from Computer Branch STA submitted that information against some points was furnished and while the respondent from Secretariat Branch submitted that information was furnished. The appellant wanted to know the periodicity of the running of all DTC buses on all routes. The respondent submitted that there are different time tables for the running of buses on different routes and that the buses are plying according to these time tables. The respondent added that these time tales runs into thousands of pages and could not be provided under section 7(9) An information shall ordinarily be provided in the form in which it is sought unless it would disproportionately divert the resources of the public authority or would be detrimental to the safety or preservation of the record in question. of the RTI Act. The appellant agreed to limit his requirement for information to time tables for 3 mentioned routes. The appellant wanted to know the total number of registered vehicles and total number of permits with total number of license etc. issued for different categories of vehicles. He claimed that the roads do not have the capacity to carry such large number of vehicles.
View of CIC
The Commission directed the PIO to provide the required time tables for the 3 routes mentioned to the appellant. The Commission noted that appellant has already been furnished with available information regard to helmets for scooter riders. Regarding whether road has the capacity for the number of vehicles, the PIO of Transport Department was directed by the CIC to provide the information as available on record.
Citation: Mr. Kudratullah Khan v. Delhi Transport Corporation in File No: CIC/AD/A/2012/002014
RTI Citation : RTIFI/2012/CIC/801
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