E-toll sys­tem from Dec. 11

■ For the first two lakh ve­hi­cles fall­ing un­der the cars/mini vans/jeeps cat­e­gory, no se­cu­rity de­posit will be charged.

Deccan Chronicle - - City - MADDY DEEKSHITH I DC

Af­ter clear­ing sev­eral ob­sta­cles, the HMDA has de­cided to im­ple­ment the e-toll sys­tem (ETC) across toll plazas on the Outer Ring Road from De­cem­ber 11. Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cials, all glitches have been cleared dur­ing the trial run and the sys­tem would en­sure seam­less travel. The HMDA has come up with a slew of of­fers for drivers.

The HMDA has tied up with bankers and de­cided to is­sue two lakh ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­vice (RFID), FASTags, and has de­cided to of­fer 50 per cent dis­count for the re­turn trip and 33 per cent dis­count on monthly passes. The sys­tem will cover all 19 in­ter­changes on the ORR and is ex­pected to re­sult in ef­fi­cient toll col­lec­tion with ad­van­tages in­clud­ing re­duc­tion in trans­ac­tion and wait­ing time, re­duc­tion in queues and fall in ve­hi­cle emis­sions.

ICICI Bank, which is the bank­ing part­ner, has es­tab­lished a point of sale at Shamshabad, Nanakramguda and Patancheru where the tags will be sold ini­tially. For road-users to un­der­stand the new sys­tem, sig­nages are be­ing placed at in­ter­changes and toll booths in­form­ing drivers on how to use FASTag lanes.

FASTag is the pan-In­dia ETC sys­tem pro­moted by the Na­tional Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion Pro­gramme un­der the min­istry of road trans­port and high­ways, and it is be­ing rolled out as a RFIDbased sys­tem. Mo­torists have to pur­chase the RFID card en­abled with reader strips and af­fix the same on the ve­hi­cle wind­screen. Upon scan­ning the reader strip at the toll booth, the data will be sent to the cen­tral server, which flashes the en­try and exit points of the par­tic­u­lar ve­hi­cle.

Boom bar­ri­ers at the toll gates will give clear­ance to ve­hi­cles af­ter scan­ning. Un­der the ETC sys­tem, three types of toll col­lec­tion will be per­mit­ted – man­ual, touc­hand-go swipe card (non-fre­quent users) and RFID tag smart cards that are planned for fre­quent users. It will pro­vide ad­di­tional ben­e­fits like be­ing an­a­lyt­ics friendly. The sys­tem has smart fea­tures that au­to­mat­i­cally de­tect com­muters who mis­use the sys­tem and charge them the max­i­mum pos­si­ble toll fee on the ORR. As part of this, tri­als and tests have been con­ducted jointly with the present toll col­lec­tion agency IRB In­fra­struc­ture De­vel­op­ers Lim­ited, sys­tem in­te­gra­tor Efkon and bank­ing part­ner ICICI.

Com­muters who are equipped with FASTags can en­joy the ben­e­fits on the ORR that they cur­rently have at the na­tional high­way toll plazas. Drivers who want to en­rol with FasTags can visit any of the three toll plaza points of sale (PoS). As de­mand in­creases, PoS will be set up at more toll plazas. Tags will be is­sued free to all ve­hi­cles.

In ad­di­tion, for the first two lakh ve­hi­cles fall­ing un­der the cars/mini vans/jeeps cat­e­gory, no se­cu­rity de­posit will be charged. Com­muters can opt for a monthly pass on­line or at the PoS for travel be­tween any two toll plazas. The passes are valid for 50 one-way trips in a month. Com­muters will also au­to­mat­i­cally get a dis­count for one re­turn trip be­tween a set of toll plazas within a 24hour pe­riod. HMDA com­mis­sioner B. Ja­nard­han Reddy con­ducted a re­view meet­ing re­cently at the ORR Project Of­fice, Nanakramguda.

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