The district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar has written to the chairman of Noida authority to implement the decisions taken at the meeting of the chief secretary regarding toll issues on the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) Flyway.
The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and Maulik Bharat, who have been spearheading the movement against toll charges on the DND Flyway, got some relief on July 15 as the concessionaire agreed to exempt some categories of commuters and offered rebate for to-and-fro commuting.
The decision was taken at the meeting chaired by state chief secretary in Lucknow.
HT, in its September 5 edition, highlighted how the resolution of the DND toll issue was getting delayed. The issue of free drive on the Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway has been hanging in the air as no order to do away with the toll charges or providing other reliefs to the commuters has been issued so far.
A delegation of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) and Maulik Bharat, a non-government organisation, held a meeting with the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Alok Ranjan. The meeting was attended by Rama Raman, chairman of the Noida authority, Harish Mathur, chief executive officer of the Noida Toll Bridge Co Ltd (NTBCL), Rakesh Tikait, BKU national spokesperson, Ajaypal Sharma, BKU Noida president, and Capt (retd) Vikas Gupta, Maulaik Bharat national vice-president.
It was decided at the meeting that Noida authority officials, along with the representatives of the concessionaire, Noida Toll Bridge Co Ltd (NTBCL), would be meeting BKU within a week to resolve the issue. However, no such meeting has taken place so far.
District Magistrate NP Singh said he had written to Rama Raman, chairman, Noida authority to resolve the issue, on the basis of the demands raised by various organisations. “As the commitments had been made before the chief secretary at the meeting held on July 15, they need to be honoured sooner than later,” he said.
Singh said that the legal counsel representing Noida authority in the case pending before the Allahabad high court was of the opinion that the authority had a strong case against the concessionaire.
“I was told by the Noida authoirty officials that they expected result on the issue under judicial consideration to go in their favour. But I have conveyed to the Noida authority that a resolution in this regard, giving relief to commuters, may be passed in its board meeting and implemented soon,” he said.
On Thursday, Tikait had said that despite his repeated attempts, Noida authority chairman Rama Raman had not given him time for a meeting on the DND toll issue.