Demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee notes has adversely hit the transporters of the city as around 80% of them have not been able to travel outside Delhi-NCR region due to lack of fresh currency.
Transporters said that most of them owning trucks, canters and other medium commercial vehicles are sitting at home as they don’t have enough cash to use during a long-route journey.
While the central government has already suspended toll collections on the National Highways a day after the ban on Rs. 500 and 1000, problems are being faced by transporters at the state highways and expressways.
“We are getting complaints from some transporters who are already out of state, that old notes are not being accepted at petrol pumps in states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, etc. A transporter needs between Rs. 30,000-40,000 for a long-route trip. It has become extremely difficult for our people to plan long-route journey. Almost 80% of our transporters are sitting at home,” Chaudhary Vedpal Singh, president of Noida Transporters Association, told TOI.
Videos of toll tax being collected from vehicles at the Yamuna Expressway have been doing the rounds, showing arguments between toll company officials and the commuters. It suggests how people are confused if the order to stop toll collection is meant only for National Highways or also includes state highways or expressways.
However, according to the district administration, the order is only for the National Highways and not state highways or expressways. “The order stands only for the National Highways and expressways like the Yamuna Expressway don’t come under the purview of the central government. However, I have written to the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) asking them to consider putting off toll collection for some time on the lines of the central government,” DM NP Singh, told TOI.
A day after Prime Minister announced ban on Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes to tackle corruption and black money, the central government had on November 9 said that no toll fee would be collected on National Highways till November 11 midnight. The deadline was again extended till November 14 midnight. Carter Rowney Authentic Jersey