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DND is made toll-free by Allahabad HC (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II and III)

Delhi-Noida-Direct flyway is made Toll free
The Allahabad High Court directed the operators of the Delhi-Noida-Direct, better known as the DND, to make the flyway toll-free with immediate effect.
The bench of judges gave the order on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition filed by the Federation of Noida Residents’ Welfare Association (FONRWA).

Reason stated for the judgment of making DND flyover toll-free
The Company has started giving dividends to its share-holders. This simply means the company has earned profits from the revenue generated by recovery of user fees from the commuters of DND flyover i.e. the NOIDA Toll Bridge. 

As per the settled position of law no private person or company can be allowed to earn profit from the public property at the cost of public at large,” the court said in its 121-page order.

Company’s view
The counsel for the Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL) said the company’s contract with the Noida Authority was binding and collection of toll over the bridge was less than the estimate as per the contract.

After going through the arguments, the court said the NTBCL had already realised the construction cost of the flyover, therefore, there was no need to continue with the realisation of toll fee.

 



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