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FASTags to Be Made Mandatory for Every Vehicle in 4 Months - Mr Gadkari

Infra News - Published on Fri, 19 Jul 2019

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Money Control reported that a senior minister has said, electronic toll collection tags known as FASTags will be made mandatory on every toll paying vehicle in four months in an effort to unclog toll plazas. During the same period all toll collection centres, which number more than 500 in the country, will be converted to accept FASTags, Road Transport & Highways Minister Mr Nitin Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha on June 16. Within four months all our toll plazas will be converted to FASTags and not one person will halt at toll plazas. We have issued 58 lakh FASTags so far.

Responding to a Parliamentarian about the issue of vehicles without such tags entering a dedicated ‘tag-only’ lane, Mr Gadkari said, “Within four months every person (with a vehicle) will have to purchase the FASTags sticker and this will be made mandatory. It is already present on new cars and those who do not have the sticker will not be able to get past the toll plaza.”

However, there are nearly 450 FASTags toll plazas on national and state highways controlled by a mix of National Highways Authority of India and private concessionaires such as MEP Infrastructure Developers, IRB Infrastructure Developers and GVK Power & Infrastructure. Important routes that carry dense traffic such as Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Delhi-Chennai NH-48 and the Dahisar toll plaza in Mumbai have a FASTags collection system. Despite this, vehicles get stuck in queues because commuters who do not have FASTags enter these lanes, pulling down the average speed and leading to delays.

Mr Gadkari said his ministry has constructed over 40,000 kilometer of roads in the past five years and work totalling nearly INR 11 lakh crore has been awarded by it so far.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 19 Jul 2019
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