The government on Thursday extended the suspension of tolls till November 24 midnight for all National Highways. Last week, the government had announced that tolls would be suspended till November 14 midnight, as relief to commuters after Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes were rendered defunct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Earlier, on November 9, the government had announced the suspension of toll collection on National Highways till November 11 midnight.
“For smooth traffic movement across all National Highways, toll collection has now been suspended till mid-night of November 24,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told PTI.
Instructions had been issued to all concessionaires including BOT, OMT operators and other fee collection agencies about the extension of toll suspension date last week when Gadkari had made the announcement last week.
The government had earlier 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ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to tackle corruption and black money, the government had decided to accept such withdrawn notes at toll plazas till November 11 midnight but that led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic jams.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.