I-way for Delhi-Mumbai High­way

In an ef­fort to re­alise the Prime Min­is­ter’s vi­sion of Dig­i­tal In­dia, an Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion Sys­tem for the Delhi-Mumbai High­way via Haryana, Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh, Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra has been launched.

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The Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion (ETC) sys­tem for Del­hiMum­bai High­way via Haryana, Ra­jasthan, Mad­hya Pradesh, Gu­jarat and Ma­ha­rash­tra was launched by Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port & High­ways, Nitin Gad­kari. At the launch, Gad­kari said, “The Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion Sys­tem is a step to­wards the re­al­i­sa­tion of the Prime Min­is­ter’s vi­sion of `Dig­i­tal In­dia’.” The sys­tem would evolve into newer tech­nolo­gies and fa­cil­i­ties like touch-card, debit card etc. in the near fu­ture, he added.

The FASTag is a pas­sive RFID tag af­fixed at the cen­tre of the wind­screen. All you have to do is Recharge your Tag Ac­count and drive through FASTag Lanes at the toll plazas, and ap­pro­pri­ate toll would au­to­mat­i­cally be de­ducted from your bal­ance. SMS alerts will be sent on the regis­tered mo­bile num­ber giv­ing in­for­ma­tion on toll fee de­ducted and low bal­ance.

Cur­rently FASTag ser­vices are avail­able at 24 toll plazas on Delhi-Mumbai sec­tion, and simultaneously, work is in progress to im­ple­ment FASTag on all Na­tional High­ways. Also, FASTag shall be ex­tended for fuel pay­ments and en­try fee pay­ments at State Bor­der check posts in near fu­ture.

ETC has al­ready been in­stalled at 55 Toll Plazas and their in­te­gra­tion with Cen­tral Clear­ing House ( CCH) op­er­a­tors has almost been com­pleted. A pi­lot project for in­ter­op­er­a­ble ETC sys­tem of 10 toll plazas be­tween Mumbai ( Charoti) and Ahmed­abad has al­ready been tested and seam­less ETC on this sec­tion is in op­er­a­tion suc­cess­fully.

In or­der to re­move the bot­tle­necks and en­sure seam­less move­ment of traf­fic and col­lec­tion of toll as per the no­ti­fied rates, the Gov­ern­ment had con­sti­tuted a com­mit­tee on Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion tech­nol­ogy for use on Na­tional High­ways un­der the chair­man­ship of Nan­dan Nilekani. This Com­mit­tee`s man­date was to ex­am­ine all tech­nolo­gies avail­able for ETC and rec­om­mend the most suit­able tech­nol­ogy for lo­cal con­di­tions.

A web-based por­tal has been de­vel­oped through which Na­tional High­way users may eas­ily ac­cess in­for­ma­tion re­lated to toll fee and other de­tails viz. ap­pli­ca­ble toll charges and con­ces­sions avail­able for lo­cal ve­hi­cles near any toll plaza in the coun­try, date of toll fee no­ti­fi­ca­tion, com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion date, ef­fec­tive & due date of toll rate re­vi­sion, name and con­tact de­tails of key per­son­nel on toll plaza, etc. in ad­di­tion to fa­cil­i­ties avail­able near Toll Plaza(s).

The por­tal is GIS-based, wherein Toll Plazas may be eas­ily searched on a map. A State-wise list of all toll plazas along with their names, lo­ca­tions, and the num­ber of the Na­tional High­way and sec­tion/stretch will be dis­played in this sec­tion. User can also type “name” of a toll plaza to get in­for­ma­tion of the toll plaza en­tered on the screen. User can click on “Toll Plaza name” to get fur­ther de­tails of that toll plaza. A fa­cil­ity is also avail­able to as­cer­tain the Toll Plaza Lo­ca­tion as well as the amount of fee that a user shall have to pay while trav­el­ling through a se­lected stretch of Na­tional High­way.

The Min­is­ter of State for Road Trans­port & High­ways and Shipping, Kr­is­han Pal, ad­dress­ing at the launch of the Elec­tronic Toll Col­lec­tion (ETC) Sys­tem for Delhi-Mumbai High­way. Union Min­is­ter for Road Trans­port & High­ways, Nitin Gad­kari is also seen

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