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No toll charges on National Highways till Nov 18 midnight

The Official Said The Decision Has Been Taken To Ensure Smooth Traffic Movement Across All National Highways And Provide Relief To Cash-starved People Who Are Queuing Up Outside Banks And ATMs.

PTI | Updated on: 14 Nov 2016, 04:51:02 PM
Toll exemption on National Highways extended till Nov 18 midnight

New Delhi:

Government has decided to extend its decision to suspend toll charges till November, 18 on National Highways till the midnight.

"The government has decided to extend the deadline till midnight of November 18," said an official.

The official said the decision has been taken to ensure smooth traffic movement across all National Highways and provide relief to cash-starved people who are queuing up outside banks and ATMs after Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were demonetized.

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

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to tackle corruption and black money, government had on November 9 said that no toll fee would be collected on National Highways till November 11 midnight. The deadline was again extended till November 14 midnight.

The government had earlier decided to accept the withdrawn notes at toll plazas till November 11 midnight but that led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic jams.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," Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari had said. When asked about the loss due to non-collection of toll fee, Gadkari said the government will bear it.


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First Published : 14 Nov 2016, 04:44:00 PM