Commuters passing through the toll plazas on the Chandigarh-Delhi stretch of the National Highway now have the option to avail themselves of cashless payment of toll tax through FASTag and move smoothly through the toll plazas without any halt.
The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) facility was launched by National Highways Authority of Indian (NHAI) chief general manager Alok Dipankar, at Dappar toll plaza on Wednesday.
Commuters will no longer have to wait in long queues at any of the toll plazas on the Chandigarh-Delhi stretch of the highway, as there will be a dedicated toll lane for FASTag users. People can buy a FASTag from any branch of Axis and ICICI Banks, which hold a contract with the government, or from the point of sale at the toll plaza at a cost of Rs 250, excluding taxes. The FASTag can be pasted on the windscreen of the vehicle.
Each time the vehicle passes through the dedicated lane for tag users, the two Radio-frequency identification (RFIID) sensors in the lane will track the details of the tag and allow the vehicle to pass through without any halt.
Also, the vehicle owner will immediately get an SMS about the deduction of the toll tax amount.
While FASTag will have no expiry date, the vehicle owner will have to get it recharged like cell-phone SIM cards, as it is a pre-paid card. The recharge will be facilitated through banks and points of sale (POS) established in the toll plazas, as the amount deduction will be done from accounts by the banks.
The project is being implemented by NHAI, in coordination with NHAI promoted Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL).
Alok Dipankar said the facility has already been launched for Delhi-Mumbai, Chennai-Bangalore and the Delhi-Chandigarh is the third highway stretch where it will be operational. “There are more than 300 toll plazas in the country on the national highways, and we plan to launch this facility for all of them by year end,” he said, adding that there are currently 2,000 registered users of FASTag. The facility will be launched for Chandimandir Toll Plaza within a week.
N K Sharma, director (Tolls), Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, AK Sharma, general manager, NHAI and Ravi Palekar, chief executive officer (CEO) of Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) were also present on the occasion.
The FASTag will also help vehicle owners in tracking their vehicle in case of theft. If there is a FASTag on the vehicle, each time it passes from any of the toll-plazas anywhere in the country, an SMS will automatically be sent on the registered mobile number. The SMS will include details of the location of toll plaza, time when the vehicle passed from it and the amount deducted.