The demand for waiving toll charges on the Delhi-Noida-Direct Flyway is intensifying. After a protest by members of Maulik Bharat, an NGO, on Saturday, the Federation Of Noida Residents’ Welfare Associations (Fonrwa) threatened to launch an agitation against the authorities, demanding immediate suspension of toll charges.
Three months ago, the Fonrwa had written to Noida Authority in this regard and the authority had assured action. Fonrwa president, NP Singh, said that Noida authority chairman Rama Raman in February had assured residents of meeting their demands regarding toll on DND Flyway.
“We had met the chairman along with MLA Vimla Batham. We submitted a detailed letter of several civic issues that creates problems daily, including the demand to make DND Flyway toll-free,” Singh said.
He said that patience of city residents is running out and that calls for massive protest, on lines of those at Gurgaon to abolish the Sirhaul toll plaza, are intensifying. Fonrwa will meet the Noida authority chairman this week.
On Saturday, members of Maulik Bharat had gathered in large numbers at the DND toll plaza and forcibly provided free passage to commuters for 15 to 20 minutes in the evening.
Fonrwa says that district administration of Gautam Budh Nagar is yet to initiate a dialogue with the operator of DND Flyway, regarding permanent relief from toll.
Fonrwa had moved the Allahabad high court against the Uttar Pradesh government and Noida authority on the issue. “Till date, more than 80 hearings have taken place but no action has been taken as Noida authority has never presented the facts strongly before the bench,” AN Dhawan, secretary general of Fonrwa, said.
In December 2015, residents under the banner of Noida Vikas Manch had held a demonstration at the DND toll plaza, demanding complete removal of toll. The protestors had also forced open the toll barriers for six hours.
Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL) runs the toll plaza at the flyway after it entered into an agreement with the Noida authority in 1997, for a period of 30 years.
After dismissal of the Sirhaul toll plaza in Gurgaon three years ago (and within five years of its operation in 2008), those movement to abolish toll on the DND Flyway gathered momentum with groups of residents also joining the protests.
Besides Fonrwa, confederation of NCR RWAs also moved a petition on the DND Flyway toll in the Delhi high court.