The Maharashtra Government on Wednesday announced that all state roads will be toll free till November 11 midnight. It said that the decision has been taken to ease commuter discomfort in the wake of the demonetisation of currency notes in the denomination of Rs.500 and Rs.1000. On Tuesday, in a surprise televised address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said that till the midnight of 11th November, government hospitals will continue to accept five hundred and thousand rupee notes for payment.
Pharmacies in government hospitals will also accept these notes for buying medicines with doctors’ prescription. He also said railway ticket booking counters, ticket counters of government buses and airline ticket counters at airports will accept the old notes for purchase of tickets. Even the petrol, diesel and CNG gas stations authorised by public sector oil companies, consumer co-operative stores authorised by state or central Government, milk booths authorised by state governments, crematoria and burial grounds will accept 500 or 1000 rupee notes till the midnight of November 11.
The Reserve Bank has issued new series of notes for 500 rupees and 2,000 rupees denomination with improved features and newer sizes.