Friday, April 16, 2010

Delhi Metro refuses to share pillar design details

Can the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation withhold information about the pillar design of the Metro service citing Intellectual Property Rights?

A full bench of the Central Information Commission will decide the tricky issue of whether the design of the pillar collapsed last year can be made public under the RTI Act or the IPR over the same allow DMRC to withhold it.

Last year in July, a cantilevered bracket of Metro pillar number 67 collapsed near South Delhi's Lajpat Nagar area killing six and injuring more than 15 people. The Delhi Metro had attributed the accident to a "problem in the design" of the pillar claiming they "were trying to rectify it."

There was a defect in the peer cap which caused the displacement," Delhi Metro spokesperson Anuj Dayal had said.

An RTI applicant Sudhir Vohra sought designs of the pillar number 67 along with structural drawings of both the foundation and the superstructure, including all steel reinforcement details, foundation details, engineering calculations and soil tests from DMRC.

The corporation refused to share any details saying it holds the IPR of the designs and other details and their disclosure would affect the commercial interest of the company which makes it.

The corporation also cited issues of safety and security saying disclosure of design specifications to the general public as well as to the RTI applicant would directly affect the safety and security of the Metro Rail system.


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