Wednesday, August 25, 2010

RTI reveals housing board lapse in repair procedure

An alert citizen has used the Right to Information (RTI) Act to highlight a major procedural lapse by the housing board when it comes to repairing dilapidated buildings.
Milind Mulay is also testing the RTI Act, which prescribes a punishment for officials failing to provide information because they have simply not bothered to maintain the records. The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (Mhada) is duty-bound under the law to give the owner of a repaired building an opportunity to claim a compensation if the value of the debris (mostly Burma teak) turns out to be more than the cost of repairs. Mulay learnt, through an RTI query, that the relevant rule (No 80(2) of the Mhada Act, 1976) is not observed.

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