In a major ruling the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday decided to make the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) Flyway toll free from immediate effect.
This decision came after over 80 hearings at the court and three hikes in the toll tax at the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway.
The 9.2 km stretch of the DND flyway connects Delhi on the west bank of Yamuna with Noida and East Delhi and has faced extensive protests and demonstrations to scrap the Rs 28 toll.
The court order scrapping the toll came a day after DND Director Monisha Macedo claimed that the contract would be extended for two more years beyond the stipulated date of 2031 when the flyway was tentatively to be handed over to the government.
“We are trying to recover not only the cost of construction. Under the concessionaire agreement, apart from the cost, we also have to earn a return. After all, it’s a private investment that has happened,” Macedo said in a statement.
The Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA) had filed a PIL seeking the scrapping of the DND toll on Nov 16, 2012.