Protest rally against DND toll to be held in Noida on Aug 21

  • Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 15:25 IST
Residents and social organisations have been protesting against toll on the flyway for years. (Burhaan Kinu/HT File Photo)

Residents and social organisations have decided to join hands to demand removal of toll charges from the Delhi-Noida-Delhi (DND) Flyway.

To garner support for a fresh agitation against the flyway toll operator Noida toll bridge company limited (NTBCL), social groups like Janhit Morcha, Crime free India force, among others, will carry out a car and motorbike rally from Noida to Greater Noida on August 21.

“The rally aims to educate people about unjustified toll collection at DND Flyway. We will appeal to people to join the campaign against the toll operator so that our agitation that is to be started on August 28 is strengthened,” said former UP minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nawab Singh Nagar, who is also the head of Janhit Morcha.

Many residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) of Noida and Greater Noida are also expected to join the protest.

“On August 21, we will gather in Noida’s Sector 33 at 10 am and then march towards Greater Noida after passing through sectors 24, 22, 12, 8, 18 and Dadri road. We can remove the toll if the agitation becomes a major social campaign involving people from all walks of life,” said Nagar.

The agitators are to begin their protest on August 28 at 10am at the DND Flyway.

“Our agitation starting from August 28 will be for an indefinite period. If we don’t protest, the operator will continue to levy toll indefinitely,” said Amit Tyagi, one of the participants.

Residents’ body Federation of Noida RWAs (Fonrwa) had filed a petition in Allahabad high court in 2012 demanding removal of toll. However, the case has remained in the trial stage. Later, social activists filed cases in Delhi high court and the Supreme Court. On June 30, 2016, the apex court directed the Allahabad high court to either dispose of the toll-removal petition or order a stay on toll collection as requested by the petitioner, within three months.

“Now, the Allahabad high court has completed its hearing in DND toll removal petition and has reserved its judgment. We hope it will deliver its verdict by the end of August and the toll removed very soon,” said AN Dhawan, secretary general, Fonrwa.

As per the agreement between NTBCL and the Noida authority, it is estimated that NTBCL will recover Rs. 53,000 crore by 2031. In addition, the Noida authority has Rs. 2,300 crore in dues up to 2012 to be paid to NTBCL.

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