Dera Bassi: An atmosphere of heated arguments accompanied with altercations between commuters and toll staff, prevailed throughout the day over usage of banned currency notes of Rs500 and Rs 1000 at Dappal Toll Plaza on Ambala-Chandigarh highway.
Despite of having currency notes of lower denomination, almost every second motorist made attempts to use banned currency notes for paying the toll, leading to massive traffic jam at toll. Long queues of vehicles appeared on both sides of toll booths, which lead to massive traffic jam. Commuters took over half an hour to cross plaza and ambulances too got stuck in snarls.
Around 30 thousand passenger car units(PCU) cross this plaza on daily basis. Though commuters used Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes after Tuesday midnight but traffic situation deteriorated on Wednesday after 7 am. As most of motorists were shelling out banned currency, the problem of change started aggravating.
Heated arguments between motorists and toll booths’ staff were also witnessed. Toll manager Iqbal Singh said most of the motorists remained adamant to shell out big currency notes though they had currency of lower denomination with them. Due to their repeated attempts accompanied with arguments and altercations, it led to wastage of time, following which long queues emerged on both sides.
In a late evening development, NHAI decided to suspend toll collection across all National Highways till midnight of November 11, to ensure smooth flow of traffic.
The decision was taken after the authorities at toll plaza appraised senior officials over grim situation.
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