Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that the government is considering new technologies to replace toll plazas in the country and the new system will be introduced in the next six months. Answering supplementary questions during the question break in the upper house, the minister said that toll plazas have created many problems like traffic jams and long queues, which the government wants to end.
He was responding to questions from members on the issue of toll plazas within 60 km in the same direction, which is not in accordance with the law. He said the government is now exploring two options – a satellite-based toll system where the car will have GPS and the toll will be deducted directly from the passenger’s bank account and the other option is through number plates.
“We are in the process of introducing GPS instead of FASTag using satellite and based on that we want to toll. The technology is also available on number plates and good technology is available in India. “We will choose the technology. . Although we have not taken any formal decision but I think there will be no toll plaza on number plate technology and a modern computerized digital system through which we can give relief. There will be no queues and people will get great relief,” the minister also said.
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But for that, he said, we need to bring a bill in Parliament because there is no law yet to punish someone if they are not paying the toll. Gadkari said he is in the process of selecting the best technology for toll collection, and will also introduce key legislation in Parliament.
“Within six months, I will try my best to do it because it is the need of the hour. It is important for the people of the country and to get rid of the traffic problem,” he said when asked about the new toll collection scheme. When will the system be implemented? Gadkari said that with the new technology number plates have been introduced and it will be mandatory for the manufacturer to have the new number plates and there will be a computerized system through which one can collect the toll using the new software. can do.
He said that one would have to pay the toll for the exact time of the car plying on the toll roads and only that amount would be deducted from the toll account. “We haven’t made up our minds as far as the choice of technology is concerned. But as soon as possible and within a month we will choose the technology and we will use all the latest technology in the world to make it accessible to people. It will be effective and there will be no queues and no traffic problems.
He said that as soon as possible we will solve the problem of toll plazas and find a solution. Gadkari also informed that after the introduction of FASTag which is one of the notable contributions in the country, the toll revenue has increased to Rs 120 crore in a single day. He said till date, 5.56 crore FASTags have been issued and the penetration is 96.6%.
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