Update (24 August 2022):
PIB through a tweet has clarified that no order has been issued by Union Minister, Nitin Gadkari that states one need not have to pay any toll tax on return journey if they return within 12 hours.
Published (25 March 2019):
A post is being shared on Facebook by many users claiming that there would be toll exemption at toll booth for vehicular users if they return in 12 hours. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.
The archived version of the post can be found here.
Claim: Vehicular users would be exempted from paying toll charges at toll booths if they return in 12 hours.
Fact: There is neither an official letter from National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) nor any mention by Minister of Road Transport & Highways Sri Nitin Gadkari anywhere regarding the exemption from paying toll charges if the vehicular users return in 12 hours. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.
When searched in the National Highways Authority of India website there is no letter issued by it regarding the toll exemption for vehicular users if they return in 12 hours. The message seemed to be on the name of Sri Nitin Gadkari, but there was no mention of such a thing in media or any other social media platforms by him regarding the claim. It was also found that such the message has been in circulation on Whatsapp and Facebook since the past 2 years. Last year when the same message went viral, India today has communicated with Sri Nitin Gadkari’s office, which outrightly denied the existence of any such order or statement.
Finally, the news regarding toll exemption at tollbooth when you come back in 12 hours is false.