The government extended the suspension of tolls till November 24 midnight for all National Highways. Last week, as relief to commuters after Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes were rendered defunct by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government had announced that tolls would be suspended till November 14 midnight. Earlier, on November 9, the govt had announced the suspension of toll collection on National Highways till November 11 midnight. Now, the deadline was again extended till November 24 midnight.
“Toll suspension is extended till 24th November midnight across all National Highways,” Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Twitter.
The government 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ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to tackle corruption and black money, the government had decided to accept such withdrawn notes at toll plazas till November 11 midnight but that led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic jams.