DND Flyway is toll-free: Here’s what other states charge
india Updated: Oct 28, 2016 16:58 IST
The Allahabad high court on Wednesdayordered the Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd (NTBCL), which manages the DND Flyway, to stop collecting user-fee from commuters, saying they were being illegally taxed.
The eight-lane, 9.2km road connecting Noida with south Delhi, was opened on February 6, 2001. The toll for a car was Rs 8 for each journey initially, but it was gradually hiked to Rs 28.
Almost 150,000 vehicles use the flyway on an average weekday; 110,000 vehicles pass through the Noida toll gate and an average 40,000 use the Mayur Vihar link road opened in January 2008.
Here is a look at how other states manage toll plazas:
Toll-free Maharashtra was the Bharatiya Janata Party’s promise before the 2014 assembly polls.
Status: Has scrapped 53 toll plazas besides exempting small vehicles from toll on another 61. 14 big toll plazas continue to collect nearly Rs 450 crore a year in Mumbai and Pune.
Reason: A committee said the state will lose Rs 13,000 crore per annum if the plazas are removed
The toll collection started in 2000. Present rate for a one way trip for a car is up to Rs 140.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) proposed toll plaza on the Chennai-Kolkata highway (NH-16) in Nellore district is being resisted by locals and political parties.
Reason: It falls within Nellore Municipal Corporation and therefore no toll should be collected from people living in the city. Another plaza at Venkatachalam is within 15 km of the proposed one and this violates the National Highways Fee Rules that stipulate a distance of 60 km between two toll plazas.
Status: Due to protests, NHAI has not been able to set up the plaza.
Kondayapalem toll plaza
Proposed rates are Rs 25 for cars for a one-way trip and Rs 35 for a return trip in a day. For buses and other heavy vehicles, the rates are Rs 85 for one way and Rs 125 for a return trip in a day.
Status: The NHAI collects toll at 42 plazas
State government and trade unions have criticised annual revision of rates without consulting them.
In January of this year, a total toll collected was Rs 195.34 crore.
Protests by locals forced the government to slash rates at Makdoli toll plaza on Rohtak-Gohana. Even the new rate of Rs 113 for single crossing and Rs 170 for a round journey did not satisfy locals who want an exemption for vehicles registered within 25 km of the plaza.
States government, however, exempted vehicles registered within 20 km from toll on NH-10 at Sampla following a protest by locals in September.
The rate was Rs 56 for single crossing and Rs 86 for multiple crossings in one day.