The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the Delhi-Noida-Direct flyway will be toll free till further orders.
The Bench of Justice AR Dave, Justice RK Agrawal and Justice AM Khanwilkar upheld the Allahabad High Court’s order scrapping the toll, added that either the Comptroller and Auditor General of India or an independent auditor will examine the accounts of the Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited to ascertain whether the profit recovered via toll collection was adequate.
There will be no toll for those using the expressway until the audit report is submitted. The company’s counsel, however, argued that the toll was needed to maintain the “excellent highway,” reported NDTV. To this, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said, “You made a road for 10 km but you are talking as if you had made a road to moon!”
The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday had decided to make the DND flyway toll-free. The court was hearing a plea filed by the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations. The Noida toll bridge company had challenged the order in the apex court.
The court’s verdict came two months after residents held protests against the toll for using the 8-lane, 9.2-km long DND expressway.