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Toll plazas within 60 km of each other on national highways to be shut down

In good news for the people, all toll collection centres within 60 kilometres of each other on all national highways in India are going to be removed in the next three months. This means that there will be only one toll collection centre within 60 km of distance on all national highways. The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari made this major announcement in Lok Sabha as part of a discussion on the roads and highways allocation of budget in the next fiscal year starting on April 1, 2022. He also spoke about the upcoming roads in India like the Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway, the Delhi-Jaipur, the Delhi-Mumbai, and the Delhi-Dehradun expressways and shared that these will be done by the end of this year.

- March 25, 2022

Tirupati: Alipiri set to become India’s first non-NHAI toll plaza with FASTag

The Alipiri toll plaza, which is constructed and managed by the temple body Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams' (TTD), is to become the country’s first non-NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) toll plaza that will be integrated with the FASTag system.  The TTD has initiated a trial run in the VIP lane. More than 300 vehicles pass through this lane every day. Officials of the temple body are monitoring the implementation of the FASTag system at Alipiri and are working on addressing any technical issues if any. A temple official said that the FASTag system will be implemented in all lanes, except two, at the Alipiri toll plaza in a phased manner. 

- March 14, 2022 

Maharashtra records high toll-collection via FASTag

Maharashtra has recorded high toll-collection through FASTag which was made compulsory over a year ago. The National Highways Authority of India reported that the average toll collection across the state is around 89%. Pune division officials at the toll plazas along the Pune-Satara highway reported that 95% of motor vehicles were using FASTag. Maharashtra is one of the top states in the country seeing decent toll collection through FASTag, although there are some issues with private vehicles, an NHAI official shared.

- Mar 7, 2022

Vehicles to now have ‘Fitness Status’ sticker on windscreen with FASTag

Vehicles will now have an additional sticker on their windscreen to display the fitness status alongside FASTag. Various categories of motor vehicles had a compulsory FASTag mandate with a colour-coded sticker displaying the fuel type only for Delhi. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed the fitness status sticker showing the validity of fitness and vehicle registration number. This shall help detect any expired fitness certificates and catch the non-compliant motor vehicles.

- Mar 3, 2022

Delhi planning to integrate local toll collection with FASTag

As per a new report, Delhi is going to become the first city in the country where the FASTag system will be used to collect local tolls from commercial vehicles. The local municipal authorities in Delhi are working together with the Central Roads Ministry to integrate the toll tax collection with the electronic toll collection system that has been implemented by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The Central Government is also looking at this project as a model for expanding the FASTag system for local toll collections. 

- February 23, 2022

Double tax to be levied on Yamuna Expressway for non-FASTag users

FASTag was introduced to reduce waiting time at toll booths, de-clogging traffic on highways and expressways. Two lanes on each side of the toll booth on Yamuna Expressway were made FASTag in June 2021. However, all lanes on the Yamuna Expressway have now been converted to FASTags. And consequently, since February 13, 2022, double tax has been enforced on vehicles plying on the Yamuna Expressway without FASTag. Until now, non-FASTag users had to pay a fixed amount at the toll booth. 

- February 14, 2022

Mysuru: KSRTC extends FASTag to buses in Chamarajanagar division

In a move to save fuel and cut down travel time, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation, or KSRTC, has decided to extend FASTag services to 509 buses in the Chamarajanagar division. This is expected to help the buses move faster at the national highway toll gates near Gargeshwari in T Narasipura taluk and Kadakola in Nanjangud taluk, hence leading to shorter travel time. According to Chamarajanagar KSRTC division’s traffic officer Paramesh, the introduction of FASTag in KSRTC buses has helped in easing the payment process for the department staff, while also shortening the travel time. With FASTag, the staff operating these KSRTC buses will not need to produce the toll payment receipts to their higher officials every day. FASTag for these buses will be linked to the respective division manager’s prepaid bank account. The applicable toll amount will be deducted from this account.

- February 13, 2022

26,622.93 crore toll received through FASTag from April 2021 to January 2022

As per data shared by Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has collected a total toll of ₹26,622.93 crore via FASTag between April 2021 and January 2022. This is a jump of 148% as compared to the collection during the pre-pandemic year 2019-20 and is the highest collection since the FASTag system was introduced in 2016. The minister also shared that over 45 million FASTags have been issued till January 31. He added that as of February 5, 2022, about 1.2 million refund cases have been settled since January 2020 that were related to incorrect FASTag deductions.

- February 10, 2022 

Kolkata: FASTag facility to be installed at Vidyasagar Setu by April

FASTag facility will soon be available at Vidyasagar Setu bridge in Kolkata, allowing owner-drivers to pay the toll without the long queues. The FASTag facility is expected to be installed at the bridge by April where the HBRC (Hooghly River Bridge Commissioner's Office) is in talks with the banks that operate the FASTag facility. The installation of FASTag has become necessary as there will be increased traffic volume due to normalisation of various economic activities, an HBRC official shared.

- February 8, 2022

NICE Road in Bengaluru now accepts FASTag

Motorists can now use FASTag to pay toll fares at the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) road in Bengaluru. On January 7, the FASTag facility was launched at the NICE link road plaza (L1) at Hosakerehalli. Prior to this, the NICE Road toll plaza accepted only cash payments, leading to long queues and delays. FASTag was implemented across the country from January 1, 2021. However, NICE delayed its implementation due to various reasons, including differences with the public works department.

- January 7, 2022

FASTag average daily collection reaches ₹106 crore: Govt

As per a new report, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has released data which revealed that the average daily collection of toll through FASTag has reached around ₹106 crore, as of November 2021. The data states that the average daily Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) transactions were around ₹71.38 lakh. The report also revealed that 728 national fee plazas and 200 state fee plazas are now FASTag-enabled. The MORTH also disclosed that implementation of FASTags will help save ₹20,000 crore on fuel costs every year and added that the pace of National Highway construction has been increased threefold.

- December 31, 2021

Toll on Delhi-Meerut Highway to be implemented soon, Delhi-Ghaziabad commuters may be exempted

As per a news report, the National Highways Authority of India is going to start charging a toll on commuters travelling through the Delhi Meerut Expressway within the next few weeks. The ministry of road transport has approved the toll that is to be charged from Sarai Kale Khan to the Meerut section of the highway. As per the reports, the toll charged would be around ₹2.34 per km, which translates to ₹140 for the entire stretch. This toll which will be charged on the DME highway will be about 25% higher than the tolls collected on various other national highways, the report states. However, people travelling through the NH-9 section of the highway will be exempt from paying the toll, at least for the time being.

- December 3, 2021

Toll Tax to be imposed on Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME)

No toll is currently levied on the DME. However, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will impose a tax (tentatively ₹140) for travelling the whole 60-km Delhi-Meerut Expressway stretch from next month. The tax will be levied according to the distance travelled by the commuter via FASTag. If a vehicle does not have a FASTag, the owner of the vehicle will be doubly charged and penalised at the exit point. The expressway has three phases, and the NHAI has requested the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to levy taxes on all phases. However, the Ministry has decided to first repair Phase 4. The highways ministry also said that a decision on toll tax imposition will be made once the NHAI constructs the Railway Over Bridge (ROB) in Chipiyana.

- November 22, 2021

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