As reported in on 12 February 2008:
RTI pleas go unanswered for eight months -

RTI pleas go unanswered for eight months

CHENNAI: The Chennai Collectorate seems to have landed in the dock for inordinately delaying in providing information sought under the Right To Information (RTI) Act eight months ago.

The RTI law stipulates 30 days time for replying to RTI applications else the official concerned is liable to pay a fine of Rs 250 for every day of delay.

R Natarajan of Raja Annamalaipuram submitted three applications to the Collectorate on June 16, 2007, asking for details about the action taken to remove certain encroachments on Anna Salai, St Mary's Road and Chamiers Road.

As he did not receive a reply, he moved the State Information Commission against the Collectorate. Natarajan alleged that a portion of government land at the Chamiers Road-Boat Club Road junction has been encroached upon by a dealer of Bharat Petroleum.

And a government land opposite to SIET College on Anna Salai was in the possession of Voltas Limited, he said. The company wrote to the government long ago to take over the land, but the authorities did not take possession of it, the applicant said.

His third application pertains to the non-removal of encroachments by around 20 shops at St Mary's Road- TTK Road intersection, which made widening of the road there impossible.

Many area residents suspect influential persons are blocking the reply. When contacted, a senior revenue official in the Collectorate claimed that due to their work burden they could not respond to the application but now they have the replies ready.