Old Rs 500 notes to be accepted at toll plazas till 15 Dec

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New Delhi: All toll plazas in national highways will receive payments through credit or debit cards from now on and e-wallet besides accepting old currency notes of Rs 500 till December 15, in a new update to the rules regarding high value currency notes that were banned last month.

The Home Ministry has also asked the states to deploy adequate police so that no potential law and order problem arises across the toll plazas. In a communication to chief secretaries of all states, the Home Ministry said to facilitate smooth passage of national highways users, several measures have been undertaken including fee collection through credit/debit cards through point of sale system installed by the banks.

Besides, the toll plazas will install fee paid instruments, e-wallet, electronic toll collection and accept old currency notes of Rs 500 till December 15 as a special case, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Dilip Kumar said in a communication.

The ministry said anticipating a scenario of likely shortage of currency notes in the wake of the note ban, which may result in longer than normal traffic at the toll plaza booths, state administrations are requested to deploy adequate police forces and duty magistrates for facilitating smooth passage of national highway users. It asked the states to ensure the availability and deployment of adequate officers and police forces so that no potential law and order problem arises across the toll plazas.

Toll collection across all the national highways has resumed with effect from midnight of December 2.