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Coronavirus Impact: Collection of tolls across India suspended temporarily

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While the whole of country is dealing with the 21 day lockout for the Coronavirus pandemic, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways has announced the suspension of toll collection across all toll plazas in the country. This is being done to reduce inconvenience to the supply of emergency services and also save critical time, mentioned the Union Minister on Twitter.

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As reported by Moneycontrol, the update comes after the ministry of road transport and highways was asked by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) on whether to continue collecting toll as the movement of vehicles has drastically dropped as all have been advised to practise social distancing and work from home to deal with the COVID-19

The toll collection statistics as submitted by NHAI, mentions that the toll collection through the recently made compulsory FASTags has dropped to 50 percent in the last week. This, during any given day, accounted for 50 per cent of the total collection. Even the transactions done at the plazas have drastically dropped to more than half.

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