Suspension of toll charges on National Highways extended (Lead)

Earlier in the day, Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted: "Toll suspension is extended till 1st December midnight across all national highways."

This was followed by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) announcing that commuters can make toll fee payment in old Rs 500 currency note from December 2 to 15.

"After commencement of toll collection from December 2, the old Rs.500 note will be accepted at toll plazas till December 15," MORTH tweeted.

The Ministry elaborated that: "Commuters can also pay toll by RFID FASTag and avail 10 per cent discount on toll amount."

"Swipe/POS machines will be installed on toll plazas with the help of banks for payment of toll."

Earlier, the government suspended fee collection at all toll plazas on National Highways till the midnight of November 11. This was subsequently extended thrice -- and the last extension was to end on the midnight of November 24.

The Ministry had previously said that instructions for the suspension of fee collection had been issued to all the concessionaires, including BOT (build-operate-transfer), OMT (operate-maintain-transfer) operators and other fee collection agencies.

The decision has been taken to avoid any inconvenience to highway users following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes.

On November 22, the government had also extended the suspension of vehicle parking charges at all airports till the midnight of November 28.

Even, the Indian Railways have waived off service charges for `e-tickets` and `i-tickets` booked through Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) till December 31.

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