To ensure smooth flow of traffic and to avoid disruptions like those reported from various tolls across the country due to banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, the union government decided to suspend toll collection across all National Highways till midnight of November 11.
Union minister for road transport, Nitin Gadkari, on Wednesday took to Twitter to announce the same. "It has been decided to suspend Toll across all National Highways till midnight of 11th November to facilitate smooth traffic movement", he tweeted. The decision is said to have been taken after the Prime Minister was appraised of the chaotic situations in tolls across the country.
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Taking a cue from the Union Government, many State Governments decided to implement the same on State Highways. Within minutes of Nitin Gadkari's announcement, Maharashtra government announced its decision to suspend toll collection at State Highways as well till midnight of November 11.
Massive traffic snarls were witnessed in toll lanes across the country as commuters and toll plaza authorities scrambled for change. The government in its note on banning Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes had declared that toll plazas will accept high denomination notes leading to toll plazas running out of change early in the day with commuters only producing Rs 500 or Rs 1,000 notes.
The government's decision to make National Highways toll-free for 2 days is expected to bring some relief to the commuters as well as toll plaza authorities.