Noida, Dec 20: Ahead of the new year, the Delhi-Noida-Direct (DND) toll plaza, which connects Noida with South Delhi, management has announced a hike in toll rates for cars effective from today, Nov 20. The rates for cars has been increased by Rs 3 which means that the motorists will now have to shell out Rs 28 instead of Rs 25.
They have even decided to complain Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari against the unjustified hike.
Dharnas, emergency meetings and contempt of court petitions are in the pipeline to protest against the same.
As per DND Flyway management, the rate of non-commercial cars has been hiked from Rs 25 to Rs 28. For LCVs it has been hiked from Rs 55 to Rs 70, buses and trucks from Rs 70 to Rs 85, large vehicles from Rs 100 to Rs 120 and extra large vehicles from Rs 130 to Rs 155.
There is no hike for two wheelers however, the toll operator has offered several discount schemes to its gold and silver card users.
As per the toll management, it had met the Noida Authority, which is one of members of the DND board, officials on Nov 11 in this regard in accordance with their "concessionaire agreement".
Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA) president NP Singh was quoted by the TOI as saying, FONRWA had filed a PIL in the Allahabad High Court in Nov 2012 seeking an end to the unjustified toll fee and appealing for a toll-free DND.
As per Singh, Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited (NTBCL) has already earned double the amount it has invested by way of toll fee alone.