Now that the toll on DND Flyway is being removed, apprehensions that it may result in traffic congestions in South and Central Delhi have started coming in through social media.
The concern is it will lead to uncontrolled release of traffic from Noida, considering the removal of Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway in 2015 had the same impact.
But most Twitter users have hailed the decision as a Diwali gift. Twitterverse erupted on Wednesday after the Allahabad high court announced its verdict on dismissing toll tax from the DND flyway.
Here are some reactions:
People rejoice Toll free DND..brace itself for jams at either end of toll. DND was choked at 6 pm all the way to Ring Rd. #DNDTollFree— Sandeep Kanwar (@Sandykanwar) October 27, 2016
First Diwali Gift - Delhi-Noida-Delhi or DND flyover to be toll-free from now, rules Allahabad High Court— Arijit Ganguly (@AriGanguly) October 26, 2016
Another Twitter user @Pank9j commented,” Good News for #Delhi people, #DND #DNDflyover is free from today’s onwards. #DeepawaliGift #Deepawali,”
The reactions kept pouring in till Thursday morning, with many users describing the high court order as ‘ache din’-the popular slogan used by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
People also shared videos and pictures of the DND toll plaza with their tweets. A Gurgaon-based user Panky was so ecstatic that he shared a video of passing through the toll with a Sonu Nigam song playing in the background.
Some wished that toll plaza’s in Gurgaon (Kherki Daula) should also be made toll free.
Some users from Mumbai wondered if this can happen for Bandra-Worli sea link in.
@SUDHIRCHAUDHARY After DND flyover time to get Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link free from toll— bhaveshk (@bhaveshuae) October 26, 2016
Another user @gmurali asked the same question to Maharashtra government in his tweet.
Some reacted with characteristic wit and humour, thanking the high court for the order.
'Delhi-Noida-Delhi' DND flyover to be toll-free from now.— Lazy Cat (@DenNehaS) October 26, 2016
Finally DND actually get its meaning 'Do Not Disturb'.
Thnx Allahabad High Court✌
With no one to look after, DND now will also succumb to public apathy for infrastructure. RIP. #DNDTollFree— Ravi Mathur (@7Mathur) October 27, 2016
But there were a few critical tweets too:
Others were concerned about the employees of the private concessionaire.
As a commuter, I m happy extremely happy with the verdict of Allahabad HC for making #DNDTollFree. But my concern is abt it's employees.— Rahul Pandey (@Rahul_Waitforit) October 26, 2016
The Allahabad high court on Wednesday asked the private concessionaire of DND flyway to stop collecting user-fee from commuters, saying they were being illegally taxed making the Delhi-Noida ride toll tax free.