No toll charges on national highways till November 14 midnight

Instructions have been issued to all concessionaires including BOT, OMT operators and other fee collection agencies about the extension of toll suspension date.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 11, 2016 10:21 pm
free toll, highway toll free, 500 rupee notes, 1000 rupee notes, currency exchange, demonetisation, news, latest news, India news, national news “To ensure smooth traffic movement across all National Highways, the toll suspension has been extended till 14th November midnight,” Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. (Source: Vishal Srivastav)

No toll would be charged on national highways till the midnight of November 14, government said on Friday, extending the relief to commuters in the wake of junking of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. Earlier on November 9, the government had announced suspension of toll collection on national highways till November 11 midnight.

“To ensure smooth traffic movement across all National Highways, the toll suspension has been extended till 14th November midnight,” Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday. Instructions have been issued to all concessionaires including BOT, OMT operators and other fee collection agencies about the extension of toll suspension date.

The government said that the decision has been taken in order to avoid difficulties that may be faced by commuters. A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to tackle corruption and black money, the government had decided to accept such withdrawn notes at toll plazas till November 11 midnight but that led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic jams.

“We reviewed the situation and decided to suspend the collection of fees,” the minister has said. When asked about the loss due to non-collection of toll fee, Gadkari has said government will bear it.

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    MyTake
    Nov 11, 2016 at 7:01 pm
    Why can't the toll charges be done through credit cards/bank accounts, statements coming to account holders at the end of the month? No need ever to use cash at booth!
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    Indu
    Nov 12, 2016 at 9:29 am
    Its a Joke. Go, check the Gurgaon-Faridabad Toll. They are collecting toll from people.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Not just that, while they refuse to accept the old currency, if you give them the new Rs 2,000 note, they will return the change in old Rs 500 notes. Is anyone keeping a check on them?
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    JASPAL ANAND
    Nov 13, 2016 at 5:22 am
    Despite Government Orders Supreme Infrastructure India Limited is charging Toll on Patiala - Nabha Road, Kalyan Plaza. I have paid all the three days Rs.50.00 Each for return trip. Latest for today`s trip I have again paid Rs.50.00 vide receipt No.3998856ng objected for the same. JASPAL ANAND
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