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All toll plazas in India will be removed within a year: Nitin Gadkari

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Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said that all toll booths across the country will be removed in the next one year and the government will introduce a GPS-based system to automatically deduct the toll from vehicle owners.

The Union minister said this in the Lok Sabha. He said, “I want to assure the House that within one year, all physical toll booths in the country will be removed. Toll money will be collected based on GPS imaging,” he said, adding that the system will be in place within a year.”

In December, Gadkari had promised a “toll naka mukt Bharat. The GPS system will be obtained with the help of Russia and the toll charges will be directly deducted from the user’s bank account, the minister had said.

National Highways connecting major cities often witness long traffic snarls at toll plazas causing inconvenience to motorists.

FASTag made mandatory at toll plazas

Since February 16, the Union government has made automatic toll plaza payment system FASTag mandatory for vehicles. It had clarified that there will be no further extension for FASTag. Notably, vehicle owners will have to pay double the toll tax if FASTag is absent in the vehicle.

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The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has clarified that this has been done to further promote fee payment through digital mode, reduce waiting time and fuel consumption, and provide for a seamless passage through the fee plazas.

FASTag was introduced in 2016. Gadkari said the government had extended the FASTag registration date limit several times before, and now it would not be extended anymore.

FASTag registration has gone up to 90 per cent on some routes and only 10 per cent people are left.

 

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