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NHAI makes FASTag free of charge for 15 days to increase toll collection

The government has rolled out the FASTag-based toll collection system across more than 527 national highways in the country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Peoples rush for FASTAG for their Vehicles at Manesar Toll in Haryana. Photo: Dalip Kumar
Peoples rush for FASTAG for their Vehicles at Manesar Toll in Haryana. Photo: Dalip Kumar

To further enhance electronic toll collection, the National Highways Authority of India has decided to waive fee till February 29, the government said on Wednesday.

The government has rolled out the FASTag-based toll collection system across more than 527 national highways in the country.

"In order to further increase digital collection of user fee via at NH fee plazas, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the cost of Rs 100 for FASTag between February 15 and 29, 2020," the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement.

Road users can visit any authorised point-of-sale location with a valid registration certificate (RC) of the vehicle and get an FASTag free of cost, it said.

FASTags can be purchased from all national highway fee plazas, regional transport offices, common service centres, transport hubs, and petrol pumps, among others, it added.

"To search for the nearest NHAI FASTag point-of-sale locations, one may download MyFASTag App, or visit www.ihmcl.com or Call 1033 NH helpline number," the statement said.

The applicable security deposit and minimum balance amount for FASTag wallet shall, however, remain unchanged.

NHAI had earlier announced for free NHAI FASTag from November 22 to December 15 last year.

Last month, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said after the FASTag system on national highways for electronic toll collection, the revenue per day has swelled to Rs 87 crore, from Rs 68 crore.

Once the system is fully implemented, NHAI expects Rs 100 crore toll income per day.

First Published: Wed, February 12 2020. 16:43 IST
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