Queues on, toll collection resumes in Mumbai

Queues on, toll collection resumes in Mumbai
People in Mumbai and suburbs continued to queue up before banks and ATMs to withdraw cash even as resumption of road toll after over a three-week gap on Saturday resulted in vehicles crawling near plazas, especially due to the weekend rush.

While several banks have limited cash withdrawal due to the shortage of currency in their chests, a number of ATMs are not in operation.

Queues were seen outside many banks and a limited number of ATMs which were dispensing cash, as people lined up to take out some money to meet their start-of-month commitments.

As toll booths resumed their operations from 12 am today long queues were seen on all the toll plazas, including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, old highway between the two cities and Vashi toll booth on Sion-Panvel highway.

On November 9, a day after the Prime Minister announced scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, toll collection on national highways was suspended considering shortage of change, which would cause difficulties to commuters.

Although the toll booth operators claimed that adequate arrangements had been made for digital payment, paucity of change and weekend rush led to long vehicular queues at the booths. 

Security arrangements, including deployment of traffic police, has been made to clear the roads.

A motorist at Mulund toll booth, said, “First I stood in a long queue to withdraw cash from bank and ATMs and now I am waiting here in traffic queue to pay toll.” 


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