Apex Court asks CAG to verify claim of Noida Toll Bridge Company
The Supreme Court has granted eight weeks time to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for verifying the total cost of the Delhi-Noida Direct (DND) flyway project and the claim of Noida Toll Bridge Company Ltd that it has not recovered the expenses.
A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices N V Ramana and D Y Chandrachud allowed the plea of CAG seeking time to submit a report after verifying the claim of the company and listed the matter for final hearing after eight weeks.
The apex court had on November 11, 2016 asked CAG to assist in the matter and verify the company’s claim that the total cost of the project has not been recovered and submit a report within four weeks. It had also directed the firm to place before CAG the entire record pertaining to recovery of the total project cost for the DND flyover as per the agreement.
The court had passed the order while disagreeing with the company that its refusal to stay the Allahabad High Court’s verdict making DND flyway toll free for commuters would cause irreparable loss to the firm.
It had said that while the company can be compensated later if it succeeds in its appeal, it will be impossible to provide restitution to the lakhs of commuters from whom the toll fee would be collected to repay them on dismissal of the special leave petition (SLP).