The 23 km-long Noida-Greater Noida expressway will continue to be toll-free. The decision was taken at a joint board meeting on May 27. Residents in the two cities were opposed to the proposal for charging toll on the e-way. Commuters, who have been getting a free passage for more than 10 years, were worried that their monthly expenses would shoot up if toll was levied.
A large number of residents travel between the twin cities as well as to other parts of the NCR often several times a day. Those living in multi-storey societies along the e-way or in adjoining sectors were also worried about imposition of toll as they would have to spend more to reach their workplace. Several political parties had been trying to cash in on the toll issue by organising demonstrations.
Many farmer groups were also opposed to the imposition of toll. The decision to allow a free passage has put to rest speculation about politically motivated protests.