An inter-state highway between Maharashtra and Gujarat witnessed a different kind of change yesterday. The back of a truck carrying 40 drums of coins to a minting facility in Noida, split open and caused six drums of loose change to spill all over the road. The incident happened on National Highway 6, near Nardana village in Maharashtra.
While the coins were spilling out of storage drums on the truck, its driver was blissfully oblivious to all the damage that was being caused. He realised what had happened after another truck driver informed him.
He was 18 kilometers from the spot where the spill had begun. The driver drove back to the spot and started collecting the coins, salvaging what he could. He picked up coin after coin for four and a half hours; still not managing to retrieve everything that had fallen from the truck.
Change is here: The truck was carrying coins to the RBI’s minting facility in Noida.
Realising that he would have to provide the difference amount of all the coins that he was not able to recover, the driver later approached a local police station to file a complaint.
The police observed that one side of the coins had no imprints, and became suspicious of the driver transporting counterfeit currency. However, the driver was let off once the police verified the official papers he was carrying.