This comes after the National Highways Authority of India(NHAI), which is implementing the electronic toll collection (ETC) program, raised 'concerns' regarding high cash transactions at 65 identified toll plazas in the country.
Around 535 toll plazas under NHAI have been equipped with ETC, and barring 65 of these, the remaining toll plazas have to mandatorily convert all lanes barring one in each direction into FASTag lanes January 15 onwards.
“Depending on the traffic pile up at these 65 fee plazas, not more than 25 percent "FASTag lanes of Fee Plaza" may be temporarily converted to hybrid lanes,” the highways ministry said in a note.
NHAI must ensure that the least possible number of the declared FASTag lanes be converted into the hybrid lanes temporarily and further that at least 75% lanes of these 65 fee plazas remain declared and operational as FASTag lanes in order to incentivize the vehicles carrying FASTags, the note said.
Since the transport ministry declared conversion of all lanes at toll plazas on national highways into FASTag lanes in July 2019, toll collection via FASTags has increased to 60%, as compared to less than 20% in July.
Speaking at an event here on Tuesday, NHAI Chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said that toll collection via FASTags has risen almost four times since July last year, when the government announced making electronic toll collection mandatory across national highways in the country.
NHAI has registered its highest toll collection of Rs 86.2 crore in a single day through FASTag earlier this week, Sandhu said.
“In July (last year) we were recording 8 lakh transactions through FASTags every day. As of Jan 13, this number has increased to 30 lakh,” Sandhu said.
Sandhu said that toll plazas around Jaipur, Lucknow, Gandhinagar, Nagpur and Delhi were recording maximum transactions through FASTags.
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19 Comments on this Story
Antonio Barbosa371 days ago
Why do we need these toll plazas? They are an hindrance to the highway users.They actually negate the advantage of using expressways. We are already paying too much of road tax, too much of tax on fuel.
Rajendra I Patel372 days ago
Tall plaza near Palej & Karjan(Vadodara to Bharuch).If a person using NH partially 10 -15 km has to pay full amount which is not good, That is why people prefer to go by internal road.People don't get benefit of NH & Govt.loose income. Suitable Rates for partial use is requested.
S. Garg372 days ago
Government has been shifting its responsibilities to private parties and thus fleecing the common people in the garb of providing facility. Road tax we pay is for getting good roads but now we pay lot of road tax and to top it, substantial amount of toll tax for each small strip of highways. Same is now happening with trains, schools, colleges and hospitals. Polluted water supply in homes forces everyone to buy water purifiers RO etc. Erratic power supply pressurises to purchase inverters generators etc. Is the government discharging its duties or just busy in increasing revenue of business houses? No wonder, many such
lucerative businesses are controlled or supported by politicians.