There’s some good news for citizens. They may not have to file RTI applications with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) while seeking some information.
Information on various committee meetings, procedure for licences and vacant land tenancy, rent paid, and work orders of a few select departments are now on the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) website – though not in a very user-friendly manner.
The effort was part of a suo motu disclosure by the BMC, which started five months after the first meeting of its technical advisory committee (TAC).
“We are designing the web. We want to make it attractive and are taking the help of a few experts,” Kiran Achrekar, deputy municipal commissioner and TAC member, said.
The TAC for RTI implementation was formed by municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte, with former central information commissioner Shailesh Gandhi, heading it.
The committee, which has held five meetings since it was formed, has their minutes on the website, too. “We have managed to put up work order details and those pertaining to various committee meetings like the standing committee and ward committee meetings,” Achrekar said.
“In the next 2-3 months, information on the website will be better. As of now, information is there, but it’s a little scattered. It may confuse the person logging onto it and he may not find it to be easily accessible,” said Gandhi.
“In some time, we will put up complaints and the action taken on complaints of illegal construction. Building plans and status of approvals can also be seen online,” said Achrekar.
“In the pipeline is leasehold property. What we are also looking for is to bring transparency in the administrative wing. It should not be restricted to the deliberative wing of the BMC,” said Bhaskar Prabhu, another TAC member.