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Toll collection on National Highways to resume from mid-night of December 2

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India TV News Desk, New Delhi [Published on:30 Nov 2016, 20:01:33]

The toll collection on national highways across the country, which was halted in the wake of withdrawal of high-value notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000, will resume from the mid-night of December 2.

"The toll collection on national highways will resume from mid-night of December 2," A road ministry official said.

To ensure smooth traffic flow and reduce currency hardships, the government had announced on November 24 that it has further extended the date for toll exemption on national highways till mid-night of December 2.

The government had also earlier said the scrapped Rs 500 notes would be accepted at toll plazas on national highways from December 2 mid-night to December 15.

As per the plan, sufficient swipe machines will be installed at toll booths with help from SBI and other banks in order to facilitate payments and easy flow of traffic.

The government had earlier announced its decision to keep the toll collection in abeyance till November 11 mid-night, which was later extended to November 14, 18, 24 and later to December 2.

The decision was taken to ensure smooth traffic flow across all National Highways and provide relief to the cash-strapped people lining up outside banks and ATMs after Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes were scrapped.

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 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 and later on till November 18. 

The government had earlier decided to accept the withdrawn notes at toll plazas till November 11 midnight but that led to chaos in the absence of adequate change, causing massive traffic jams.

(With PTI inputs)

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