The central government has agreed to extend the exemption to the toll which will be extended until the 18th of November. This decision was taken along with discussion with the finance ministry. This decision was to curb the lack of liquid notes after the implementation of the demonetization policy which is causing rising pressure felt by people.
The move seems to have been taken to ensure the smooth passage of traffic movement across all the national highways. The policy of toll tax exemption had earlier been extended till November 18. The government also increased the time limit to use old Rs 500 and 1000 notes to make payment of court fees, water and power bills etc.
Instructions have been issued to all concessionaires including BOT, OMT operators and other fee collection agencies, about the extension of toll suspension date.
A day after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes to tackle corruption and black money, government had on November 9 said that no toll fee would be collected on National Highways till November 11 midnight. The deadline was again extended till November 14 midnight.
The governments step was to allow until November 11, but because it had earlier decided to accept the cash, there was huge chaos in the absence of adequate cash, causing massive traffic jams.
“We reviewed the situation and decided to suspend the collection of fees,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari stated. He also went ahead and said that the government would bear the brunt of the losses from non collection.