Government scraps toll charges on national highways

Photo of National Highway Authority of India's toll plaza.

New Delhi: The Indian government today suspended collection of fee at all toll plazas on national highways till the midnight of November 11th.




On other hand, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways today allowed toll plazas’ operators to accept the banned currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 till November 11 midnight.

According to ministry official said in a statement, “The government has decided to suspend payment of fees at toll plazas on all national highways till the midnight of 11.11.2016.”




“Instructions in this regard are being issued to all the concessionaires including BOT (build-operate-transfer), OMT (operate-maintain-transfer) operators and other fee collection agencies.”

The ministry briefed that the decision has been taken in order to avoid any inconvenience to highway users post the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes.

The decision to allow toll plazas’ operators to accept the banned currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination was seen after with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement that hospitals, railway, bus and airlines ticket counters will continue to accept Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for the next 72 hours.

Modi had announced these measures to smoothen the transition process of demonetisation for curbing black money in the country.

According to government official, massive traffic jams due to lack of lower denomination currency notes with users and operators led the government to review its earlier decision.