The Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway will remain toll free for commuters, the Supreme Court Friday said as it asked the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) to verify the toll company’s claims regarding recovery of the total cost of the project.
“The CAG is requested to verify the claim of the petitioner that the total cost of the project has not been recovered and submit a report within four weeks. The CAG shall be at liberty to call for and examine all such records having a bearing on the financial aspects, as it requires to facilitate its decision,” said the bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur.
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The bench, however, turned down a plea by the Noida Toll Bridge Company to stay the Allahabad High Court order that had declared the 9.2-km, eight-lane DND flyway as toll-free.
“We do not agree with the submission that the petitioner would suffer irreparable loss if the judgment of the High Court is not stayed. It will be impossible to provide restitution to the lakhs of commuters from who the fee would be collected to repay them in the event of dismissal of the petition. On the other hand, if the petitioner succeeds, it can be compensated suitably by extension of time (to collect toll),” said the bench, also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao.