Did you just recharge your toll pass for DND? Wondering when and how you will get the refund, now that the Delhi-Noida-Direct road has been made toll-free? For now, the decision depends on what the final Supreme Court ruling will be. According to a report in HT, around 5,000 pass holders are awaiting an order from the apex court that would allow them to get refund for the money they have already spent on the passes. Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL) officials have said that any decision to reimburse cardholders will be taken only after the Supreme Court verdict on the matter of making DND toll-free.
Earlier this week, the Allahabad High Court had ruled that the DND should be made toll-free. However, NTBCL has challenged the ruling in the apex court and the SC will hear the matter today. If the SC rules in favour of NTBCL, then you will need to pay a toll on DND again, but if the apex court sticks by the Allahabad High Court ruling, then NTBCL will have to come up with a way to reimburse card holders.
The Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA) had filed a PIL seeking the scrapping of the DND toll on Nov 16, 2012. The decision from the Allahabad High Court comes after 80 hearings at the court and three hikes in the toll tax at the DND flyway. In an over 100-page judgement, the court 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 the Noida Authority.”
Significantly, the court also added, “the Concessionaire, according to their own financial statements, has recovered Rs 810.18 crore (approx) from toll income from the date of commencement of the project till 31.03.2014 and after deduction of operation and maintenance expenses and corporate income tax, the surplus was Rs 578.80 crore (computed before interest, depreciation, and lease rental received by the Concessionaire)”.