CAG audit of DND Flyway is a welcome move: Residents
Residents and activists of Noida welcomed the apex court’s decision to uphold the Allahabad high court (HC) order that made the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway toll-free.noida Updated: Nov 11, 2016 23:46 IST
Residents and activists of Noida welcomed the apex court’s decision to uphold the Allahabad high court (HC) order that made the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway toll-free.
On Friday, a Supreme Court (SC) bench of justice JS Khehar and justice L Nageswara Rao refused to stay the October 26 verdict of the HC that restrained Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL) from levying toll on commuters using the DND flyway. The Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Association (FONRWA) had filed the petition in the Allahabad HC against NTBCL levying toll.
The SC bench also urged the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) to verify the cost of the DND project and submit a report.
The flyway connects the national capital with Noida and east Delhi on the west bank of Yamuna. It is used by lakhs of commuters every day.
The FONRWA welcomed the decision saying the CAG investigation will reveal NTBCL’s corruption over the years.
“We welcome the verdict as the SC has considered the welfare of the people of Noida and Delhi. The CAG report will reveal the thousands of crores of rupees this company made illegally over the years,” NP Singh, president, FONRWA, said.
Other civil bodies of Noida also welcomed the decision saying the CAG report will reveal the corrupt activities of the toll management company.
“We have been demanding for a CAG audit for years and finally, the SC has heard our plea. We welcome this decision and hope that the practises of toll management company come in the open,” Nawab Singh Nagar, chief patron, Janhit Morcha, said.
Some activists also believe that a CAG report on NTBCL accounts will open up the ‘illegal’ deals that the toll management company has been involved in.
“Once the detailed verdict is made available, we will get to know what the CAG’s role will be in this investigation. Not only is NTBCL involved in robbing the common public through toll, but they have also received income tax benefits. Their loan rate was also slashed over the years and even their office space is illegal. All these illegalities will be revealed after the CAG audit,” Vikas Gupta, trustee, Maulik Bharat, said.