Court stays CIC order on Delhi Metro pillar collapse

New Delhi, May 28 (Calcutta Tube) In a reprieve for the Delhi Metro, the Delhi High Court Friday stayed a Central Information Commission’s (CIC) order directing it to disclose the design of a pillar which collapsed last year killing six people.

The CIC had last month directed the Delhi Metro to make public all the structural drawings related to the pillar at Zamrudpur in south Delhi in larger public interest.

Architect Sudhir Vohra had sought details of both the pile foundation and the superstructure, including all steel reinforcement details, foundation details, engineering calculations and soil tests for the cantilevered bracket of metro pillar number 67 on the upcoming Central Secretariat-Badarpur line.

The Delhi Metro refused to share any details saying their disclosure would affect the commercial interest of the company which makes it.

It 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.

A bracket of the metro pillar collapsed at Zamrudpur killing six people and injuring more than 15 people in July last year.

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