The Narendra Modi government on Friday suspended toll collection on the national highway across the country till November 14 adding three more days relief to cashless travelers stranded in traffic. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari gave the latest update through his official twitter handle.
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
.Which means from Monday onwards toll plaza’s across all national highways will start functioning from Tuesday. A day after Narendra Modi surprised India by putting a ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes, BJP leader Nitin Gadkari suspended toll collection till Friday, November 11, expecting that by then people would have enough cash to travel. But its seems that the decision of extending the date has been taken by Nitin Gadkari and his team after the banks across India failed to deliver cash in last two days.
Earlier Nitin Gadkari said that “there will be logistic issues in returning change of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes”.
After millions of people spent almost three cashless days and nights, on Friday ATM machines across India were unable to dispense cash. At some places, millions of people stood outside ATMs on the second day when Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
On Friday there were reports that two people – a 73-year-old man in Mumbai and a 75-year-old man in Kerala – died waiting in queue outside the banks. Many customers across India panicked and caused commotion outside banks and ATMs on Thursday and Friday.
The RBI in a statement issued on Friday said that people do not panic saying that there is enough cash with the apex bank. The RBI earlier said that the ATMs will start dispensing Rs 50 and Rs 100 notes from Thursday. Banks have also been asked not to charge any fee for ATM transactions till December 30.