In­dian Govt Launches FAST­tag to Pay e-toll

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The NHAI (Na­tional High­ways Author­ity of In­dia) has launched two new app­sMyFASTag and FASTag Part­ner through which high­way users can buy FASTags (RFID cards) for elec­tronic toll col­lec­tion.

A FASTag is linked to an ac­count where the user adds money. When the ve­hi­cle ap­proaches the lane at a toll plaza, a sen­sor reads the tag at­tached to the front wind­screen of the ve­hi­cle, deducts the fee and the gate opens. The users will be able to recharge their toll cars on the newly launched mo­bile app. Cars and other four-wheeler users that have in­built RFID in­stalled on their ve­hi­cles by man­u­fac­tur­ers will also be able to ac­ti­vate the tags through NHAI app.

The MyFASTag is a con­sumer app that can be down­loaded for both An­droid and iOS. A con­sumer can recharge or pur­chase FAST­tags from this app, which also helps keep track of trans­ac­tions and pro­vides for on­line griev­ance re­dres­sal. FASTag Part­ner is a mer­chant app.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, NHAI Chair­man, Deepak Ku­mar said, “The cum­ber­some method of pur­chase and recharge of FASTags has been one of the ma­jor chal­lenges with the ETC project. The mo­bile Apps launched to­day will ease the process, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to buy or recharge FASTags at the click of a mo­bile but­ton.”

“Toll tags bought from the mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion would be de­liv­ered within 24 hours. Users can also buy them from NHAI and bank web­sites and Com­mon Ser­vices Cen­tre (CSC) near toll plazas. The users will be able to recharge their toll cars on the newly launched mo­bile app,” an of­fi­cial ex­plained.

The gov­ern­ment will make all toll lanes on high­ways RFID-en­abled by Oc­to­ber 31, and one lane at toll gates would ex­clu­sively be re­served for FASTags from Septem­ber 1. Cur­rently, only 7 lakh ve­hi­cles have ac­tive toll tags in the coun­try.

In­dian Govt has been proac­tively work­ing to­wards dig­i­ti­za­tion of sys­tems in all course of func­tion­ing.

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