E-tolling infrastructure set up at 75% of national highways
The government plans to make electronic tolling mandatory in a bid to reduce congestion at toll plazas
Moving swiftly on the government’s plan to switch to electronic toll collection on national highways from December 1, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has equipped nearly 75% of national highways with e-tolling infrastructure.
The road transport and highways ministry, in a letter sent to the NHAI, had asked for conversion of all toll lanes at all national highways to ‘FASTag lanes’, a move that will make travel through toll plazas seamless and remove congestion.
Introduced in 2014 by the government, the RFID-based FASTag affixed on the windscreen of vehicles allows for direct payment of fee from a prepaid or savings account linked to it and enables vehicles to drive through toll plazas without stopping for transactions.
The government plans to make electronic tolling mandatory in a bid to reduce congestion at toll plazas.
“About 75% of toll plazas already have fully functional infrastructure (for e-tolling). We are in the process of setting it up in the remaining 20-25% plazas,” said an official.
In the case of national highways functioning on build-operate-transfer model, the concessionaires have been asked to make infrastructure for electronic tolling available.