New Delhi, March 26: In view of the nationwide lockdown to halt the coronavirus spread in the country, the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has temporarily suspended the toll collection at all toll plazas on the national highways from Thursday.

The announcement was made by Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari late Wednesday evening. He said that to ease the functioning of people engaged in emergency services, toll on the national highways will not be charged for the time being. Catch all live updates related to coronavirus outbreak in India and other parts of the world.

Gadkari tweeted: "In view of Covid-19, it has been ordered to temporarily suspend the collection of toll at all toll plazas across India. This will not only reduce inconvenience in the supply of emergency services but also save critical time."

He said the maintenance of the highways and availability of emergency resources at toll plazas will continue as before.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Mar 26, 2020 11:55 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website