GPS-based technology toll collection, booting in two coming years in India.

By Bharati Kumari

In India, a fee is charged on superhighways to recover the cost of road-building as well as for retaining the roads. This fee is called toll, a kind of tax. Indian highways will be toll Naka-free in a couple of years, says Nitin Gadkari;

Addressing the ASSOCHAM (The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India) Foundation Week Programme, Chairman of National Rural Road Development Committee, Nitin Gadkari said, the Global Positioning System technology will avert India to become ‘toll booth free’ in the upcoming biennium.

The Global Positioning System will track the mobility of vehicles athwart country and dock the toll from the linked bank account of the vehicle owner, in this light.

Gadkari purported that toll would gather amount to Rs 1.34 lakh crore over five years. Nowadays, automobiles that are being manufactured have vehicle tracking systems and the government will brainstorm a device to mount the Global positioning system in older vehicles, he said.

India is currently cogging up for the obligatory use of FASTags on all vehicles from January 1, 2021. FASTags essentially eliminate the need to stop at toll booths and elude physical fee.

Under the FASTag system, which is an electronic toll payment system, one can make contact-free and non-cash payments at toll plazas. The FASTag deducts the fee charged at that toll plaza from the account.  One must keep recharging the account electronically to pass through more tolls and the FASTag is valid for five years.

Toll roads are the kinds of roads which have occasional stops whereby individuals have to pay some money to use the streets. The fee which is imposed on travelling on a toll road is what is related to a toll. 

Toll financing which normally allows investments to be made without placing significant additional pressure on the government budget enables the raising of more money for road construction than would be possible through ordinary public financing.

Orthogonally turnpikes are good for the environment. This will help reduce the volume of harmful emissions also tolls can be less than the costs they suffer while using regular roads,” It is believed that the development of more rational transportation routes, can be promoted easily. Tollways can reduce fuel consumption as well as the overall time of transportation.

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