Government on Friday extended the free-passage through toll gates across all National Highways by three days, i.e. till November 14. “To ensure smooth traffic movement across all National Highways, the toll suspension has been extended till 14th November midnight,” Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari said in a Tweet. In wake of decision to ban Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 bank notes, Government had suspended the payment of Toll Tax for till Nov 11 midnight to ensure smooth passage of traffic. Gadkari, in a Tweet, said that toll taxes have been suspended across all National Highways till midnight of November 11.
To ensure smooth traffic movement across all National Highways, the toll suspension has been extended till 14th November midnight
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) November 11, 2016
“It has been decided to suspend Toll across all National Highways till midnight of 11th November to facilitate smooth traffic movement,” he had said. Government has taken-up a number of measures to lessen the ordeal faced by general public after the abolishment of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Besides this, the notes will be accepted across all the government hospitals in the country. The time period to use old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes for public utility bills has also been extended by another 72 hours.
Earlier, the use of these notes was allowed till November 11, i.e Friday midnight. The notes can be used for utility services like water and electricity bills. “Modi, in his address, said that the decision will create momentary trouble for the general public, but its effect will be significant. The decision has drawn mixed reactions from general public. While leaders like Rahul Gandhi, P Chidambaram, Mamta Banerjee criticised the decision, some like Bihar CM Nitish Kumar come out in support of it.