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Toll booths on DND flyway to be relocated to ease congestion

These toll booths, operated by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, were located in the middle of the Delhi-Noida Direct flyway and caused severe congestion.

Delhi and Noida authorities will soon relocate MCD-operated toll booths – located in the middle of the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway – to a spot where toll booths of the DND toll plaza were previously operating, for collection of green tax and MCD toll payment.

The move is aimed at reducing congestion and traffic snarls at the flyway.

"Two lanes and booths of the existing toll plaza could be used for the MCD toll collection. The commercial vehicles will only be allowed to run in those two lanes.

A report from the stakeholders on the matter is awaited and a decision will be taken on the matter soon" said B N Singh, District Magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar.

The eight-laned 9.2 km long stretch of road which connects Noida directly to the Delhi, was considered to be one of the better-run toll plazas before the Allahabad High Court declared it to be toll-free on October 28, 2017.

All the operations regarding toll collection on the flyway stopped overnight and the order had said that the concessionaire for the DND
Flyway was no longer entitled to charge toll since it had recovered all reasonable return from the bridge. Before this, the MCD and environment for commercial vehicles entering Delhi were used to be collected at the DND toll plaza.

However, five days after the DND was made toll-free, there were temporary arrangements were made by the MCD to collect toll from the commercial vehicles. A set of two chairs, a small kiosk, and a couple of barricading were put into place on both sides of the flyway, a kilometer ahead of the main DND toll booth towards Delhi.

Soon after getting toll free, the flyway witnessed a drastic increase in the number of commuters daily. The free run of the commercial vehicles with the private ones creates more congestion of road.

The manually run toll booths are more time consuming which makes the private commuters face heavy traffic congestion.

Endless queues of vehicles on the road are the daily struggle for the office goers and other commuters.

In night hours, when the heavy vehicles ply on road, they become even more congested.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) had already raised its concern over the lack of space on road at present locations of the toll collection which raises the chances of any casualty or accident.

The roads also remain congested due to that. The SDMC also insisted that the current toll point requires immediate shifting to some other suitable location.
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