In the wake of the ongoing cash crisis in the country, the central government has recently decided to extend time limit of zero toll charge on all the National Highways of India, till November 24. “Toll collection on national highways suspended further till November 24 midnight,” an official told PTI.
The decision to extend the deadline has been taken keeping in mind the cash-starved citizen of the country. As the government has once again reduced the daily cash withdraw limit to 2,000 per day, this move will help maintain a seamless traffic movement across all the National Highways and provide a little relief to the people.
This mandate of extension is applicable for all concessionaires such as BOT, OMT operators and other toll collecting agencies. This is the fourth time government has extended the zero toll charge facility. A day after the demonetisation stoke was hit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in order to curb the increasing corruption and black money, government has on November 9 informed that the commuters will not have to pay toll charges on all National Highways till November 11 midnight. Later, the deadline was extended till November 14 midnight and then till November 18.
The government, after its decision to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, decided to keep accepting the scrapped notes at all toll plazas till November 11. The idea didn’t dwell and resulted in chaos due to insufficient change, causing horrendous traffic jams on highways.
Commenting on the same, few days ago, Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari told India Express that the ministry has reviewed the situation and decided to suspend the collection of toll tax and the government will bear all the loss caused due to the same.