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Govt extend toll exemption till Dec 2; to accept old Rs 500 notes till Dec 15


Panipat: Vehicles stuck at a toll near Panipat on Wednesday as demonetized notes of Rs 500 and 1000 were not accepted by the toll employees. PTI Photo (PTI11_9_2016_000091B)

The government on Thursday further extended the suspension of the toll collection on National Highways till December 2 midnight. This is the third time that government has extended the suspension timeline. Besides, scrapped Rs 500 notes will be accepted to toll plazas on national highways from December 2 mid-night to December 15. Earlier, the government had announced the toll suspension news in November which came as a major relief to commuters after demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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The government had earlier said that the decision has been taken in order to avoid difficulties that may be faced by commuters.

Currency notes of Rs 500 would still be accepted as toll charge at national highways till December 15 even after the exemption is withdrawn, the Transport Ministry said. Citizens will not be charged any toll tax till December 2 across all national highways. However, after the exception is withdrawn, citizens can still pay the toll using demonetised Rs 500 note till December 15.

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Earlier, the deadline was November 24 but it has now extended, since people are still affected due to demonetisation.

The use of old notes for payment of medical supplies, railway reservations, air fares, utility bill payment like water and electricity, metro tickets, purchase of petrol or diesel and at burial grounds will be discontinued from November 24 midnight.