DND Flyway will remain toll-free as SC refuses to stay Allahabad HC order
The DND Flyway connecting Delhi and neighbouring Noida will remain toll-free for commuters, with the Supreme Court refusing on Friday to stay a verdict by the Allahabad high court that restrained the Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd from levying cess.delhi Updated: Nov 11, 2016 13:06 IST
The DND Flyway connecting Delhi and neighbouring Noida will remain toll-free for commuters, with the Supreme Court refusing on Friday to stay a verdict by the Allahabad high court that restrained the Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd from levying cess.
A bench of justice JS Khehar and justice L Nageswara Rao also asked the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to verify the cost of the DND Flyway project and submit a report before the apex court.
“We have requested the CAG to verify the cost of the project...,” the bench said, adding, “We refuse to grant any relief.”
The apex court had on October 28 refused to interfere with the HC order restraining the company, saying it will pass directions after Diwali vacations.
On the toll-collecting firm’s plea for interim stay on HC order, the apex court bench headed by the Chief Justice had said: “You have only ten kms of highway and you claim that you have made a road to the moon... You have done well but not something (great).”
The firm had said the HC did not take into account all aspects and submitted that factors such as interest on construction cost, depreciation and maintenance expenses, which come to around Rs 12.5 lakh per day, have not been duly considered.
The HC, on October 26, had brought cheers to millions of commuters, ruling that no toll will be collected henceforth from those using the 9.2km-long, eight-lane DND flyway. The order was passed as the high court allowed a PIL by the Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association.
The PIL, filed in 2012, had challenged the “levy and collection of toll in the name of user fee” by the NTBCL.
In an over 100-page judgment, the high court had held “the user fee which is being levied/realised is not supported by the legal provisions relied upon by the Concessionaire (Noida Toll Bridge Company), Infrastructure Leaning and Financial Services (promoter and developer of the project) and Noida Authority.”