The Hush Post|11:46 am |one-minute-read|
The government has extended the deadline for mandatory FasTag at Toll Plazas from December 1 to December 15.
The transport ministry’s move of collecting electronic toll across National Highways came last week.
Nitin Gadkari said that the NHAI will distribute it free of cost. The NHAI will bear Rs 150 security charges for buyers till December 1. However, it is up to the buyer to charge it with desired amount, he said and added that after December 1, the FASTags will become chargeable.
The programme is being implemented pan-India to remove bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic.
“To facilitate sufficient lead time to citizens to obtain FASTag, it has now been decided that all the lanes in the Fee plazas shall be declared as ”FASTag lane of Fee Plaza” by December 15, 2019,” a Ministry of Road Transport and Highways communication said.
The National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. However, there will be one hybrid lane, where usual toll will be charged from non-FASTag vehicles.
“Double the toll amount will be charged from December 1 for travelling through FASTag lanes without tags on 537 toll plazas on national highways across India,” Nitin Gadkari, the Road Transport and Highways Minister had said.
He said 537 toll plazas have become 100 per cent electronic toll collection compliant. These include 17 plazas where FASTags will be read through hand-held devices.
Over 70 lakh FASTags had been issued already. The highest per-day issuance were of 1,35,583 tags on November 26, 2019. A day before that 1.03 lakh tags were issued.