With the aim to execute "pay as you use" tolling in India, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will start a pilot project on the Delhi-Mumbai Highway to study and implement the ability of the system in the country.
The project to be run for one year involves implementing a satellite-based electronic toll collection system running on GPS/GSM technology for around 500 commercial vehicles on the Delhi-Mumbai National Highway.
"Working on a combination of mobile telecommunications technology (GSM) and the satellite-based Global Positioning System, the proposed tolling system would be able to deduct money from a vehicle account, credit the money to the concessionaire within one day and open the toll gate," according to the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways.
However, in case of a failed transaction, it would be able to alert the toll operator to collect payment manually and not open the gate.
"It will also draw a comparison between distance-based tolling and the existing tolling system, as also virtual tolling versus normal tolling. The request for proposal (RFP) for the project was floated on January 25, 2018. The pre-bid meeting is on February 9 and the Bid Due Date is February 26, 2018," according to the ministry.