J K News Today

Jammu/ Srinagar, November 9

The demonetization  of Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 has  created a  unique situation on highways  as the toll plazas have refused to accept  these notes  from  drivers, leaving hundreds of vehicles  stranded  in a messy  traffic snarl all across Jammu  and Kashmir .

Vaishno Devi pilgrims and   Jammu bound passengers from Srinagar  and vice versa are caught in a typical messy situation  as they don’ have the small denomination  notes to pay  as the toll fee.  Several  drivers phoned the JKNT office to complain of this harassment at the toll plazas. “ We are pleading that we don’t have small denomination currency notes and they are not accepting Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes, we are stuck up. This is sheer harassment ,” said Ghulam Mohammad Bhat a  passenger  stuck  at Nagrota  toll plaza . He  expressed his helplessness , like many others stranded there, by asking,” Where do I get the Rs. 100 notes. I don’t have any.”


The passengers said that  Prime Minister should have taken this aspect into consideration before announcing the high denomination  notes  as “ illegal .”  There is no way of our converting these notes into legal ones at this stage and on this day. ATMs are closed, banks are shut and  there are no moneylenders. Ours is not  black money but the hard earned one ,” said  Sunder Lal , an employee travelling in his car from Udhampur to Jammu.

Similar scenes of traffic jams and heated arguments have been reported from Lakhanpur , Lower Munda . “ It is all chaos here. If we have black money strip us naked but  these are the only notes we have ,  is this sign of acche din for us,” lamented  Ravi Kumar .

The toll  plaza managers have an argument that they are  not entitled to take high denomination notes, how do we accept those. They have no means to deposit this high denomination currency as genuine money after the midnight.