The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), in anticipation of the restart of toll fee collection from Friday midnight, has taken several measures at the Km-42 and Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) Toll Plaza on National Highway-8 (NH-8) to ensure smooth functioning, despite demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
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Toll fee collection on national highways had been suspended until midnight of December 2 due to the confusion and disruption resulting from the sudden scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.
The NHAI has directed that old Rs 500 notes will be accepted at toll plazas till midnight of December 15, if the toll fee exceeds Rs 200 and for purchase of FASTag or Passtag.
Since the amount charged as toll at both Km-42 and IGIA tolls is less than this amount, however, the scrapped notes will not be accepted, the NHAI said in an order issued Thursday.
The order added that, to minimise disruption resulting from lack of valid change available with toll operators, Shri Mata Sheetla Devi Shrine Board, Gurgaon, has agreed to provide small denomination currency against Cheque/DD of equal amount of Rs 5 lakh per day until December 5.
NHAI has also requested commuters to “make maximum use” of Point Of Sale (POS) systems, Paytm and applications like Highway Saathi, which allow prompt cashless payment.
To encourage this, adequate number of POS systems as well as hand-held POS have been installed at the toll plazas. For Paytm, QR codes have been displayed at all 22 toll booths at Km-42 toll plaza as well as the one operative toll booth at IGIA toll plaza.
To ensure smooth passage through the toll for commuters, additional traffic marshals have also been deployed at the toll plazas to handle traffic, and public address systems have been provided to sensitise road users.