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After long protests DND fly way is now toll free

The Allahabad High Court's decision comes two months after massive protests at the eight-lane, nine km long link. Alleging corruption in the DND project and overcharging, protesters blocked toll collection for two days, affecting traffic severely
DND fly way : Now made toll free

After along battle and  series of protests the DND or Delhi-Noida-Direct Flyway, which connects the capital city to neighbouring Noida in Uttar Pradesh, will be toll-free from now. The Allahabad High Court’s decision comes two months after massive protests at the eight-lane, nine km long link. Alleging corruption in the DND project and overcharging, protesters blocked toll collection for two days, affecting traffic severely. The court acted on a petition by a group of Noida residents in 2012 that the bridge be made toll-free.

The HC had earlier reserved its judgment over a public interest litigation filed by Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association (FONRWA), which had sought directions to restrain the NTBCL from collecting toll on the flyway.

 The petitioner said the Noida authority had not advertised the tender for collection of toll and arbitrarily entered into a contract with NTBCL for the collection of toll for a period of 30 years.

“The court has given the best Diwali gift to the public,” said the lawyer for the petitioners.

The expressway, which opened in 2001, considerably reduces the travel time between Delhi and Noida. Commuters, however, often faced huge traffic jams as passing through toll booths would take time on account of heavy traffic.

The road is used daily by around 1,25,000 vehicles on a weekday. On an average, the NTBCL collects around Rs 25 lakh daily as toll, with private cars paying Rs 28 and two-wheelers coughing up Rs 12 per trip.

  It has witnessed several protests and demonstrations seeking scrapping of the Rs 28 toll following allegations that the operator of the 9.2-km-long stretch (including the Mayur Vihar link) has already made significant profits.

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