Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has today said that the toll suspension has been extended till December 2 midnight across all national highways in the country. On the other hand, the Transport Ministry in a statement said that Rs 500 notes will be accepted as toll charge at National Highways till December 15 even after the exemption is withdrawn. Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping.
Toll suspension is extended till 2nd December midnight across all National Highways
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) November 24, 2016
Earlier in the day, the centre extended the toll exemption on highways once again as the public continues to face problems due to demonetisation. In its latest decision by the government, the exemption has been extended till December 1 midnight. Earlier, the government extended the suspension till November 24. With this, the government has extended the toll suspension for the fourth time in the middle of ongoing crisis because of the demonetisation move by the government on November 8.
During his address to the nation, the prime minister declared the step as a war against black money and corruption. He also gave time till December 30 for countrymen to deposit old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 in banks. After the announcement long queues continue to be seen in front of banks and ATMs, with people lining up to either withdraw or exchange the old currencies with new ones.
Rs 500 notes will be accepted as toll charge at National Highways till Dec 15th even after the exemption is withdrawn: Transport Ministry
— ANI (@ANI_news) November 24, 2016
In his announcement the prime minister had also suggested till the deadline when people can deposit old currency of high valued notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, those depositing Rs 2,50,000 or less will not be questioned but those depositing more than the amount may be questioned by IT departments if it found that cash more than known source of income.