Allahabad High Court scraps toll on Delhi’s DND Flyway

Allahabad/Noida, Oct 26 (IANS) The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday scrapped the toll collected from commuters on the “Delhi Noida Toll Bridge”, better known as the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway.

The court pronounced its order on a public interest litigation (PIL) that was filed by the Federation of Noida Resident Welfare Association (FONRWA).

The PIL, filed four years ago, sought to remove toll collection on the Flyway.

According to N.P.Singh, President of FONRWA: “This is a victory of the people. The toll shouldn’t have been collected.” He said the federation had filed the PIL in 2012.

“We may even file a caveat with the Supreme Court tomorrow,” Singh told IANS anticipating that the Noida Toll Bridge Company (NTBCL) may move the apex court.

The NTBCL has been promoted by Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to develop construct, operate and maintain the DND Flyway on a “Build Own Operate Transfer” (BOOT) basis till 2031. The company said it will issue a reaction after looking at the judgement.

The DND Flyway is the shortest route between Noida and Delhi, the other routes being via the Nizamuddin Bridge and Okhla Barrage.

The eight-lane expressway is 9.2 km-long. The project was commissioned on February 7, 2001.