New Delhi, Nov 14: No toll would be charged on National Highways till the midnight of November 18, with the government today extending the earlier deadline by four days.
"The government has decided to extend the deadline till midnight of November 18," an official told PTI.
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 queueing up outside banks and ATMs after Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were demonetised.
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.
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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 The government had earlier decided to accept the withdrawn notes at toll plazas till November 11 midnight but that led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic jams.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.
Toll suspension is extended till 18th November midnight across all National Highways
Toll suspension is extended till 18th November midnight across all National Highways— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) November 14, 2016