Only FASTag payments at toll stations as of December 1

NASHIK: as of December 1, all payments Toll square s will be through FASTag only. Cash payments will no longer be accepted.

Against this backdrop, officials of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have appealed to four-wheeler owners to get the FASTag from the Toll square operators

Senior officials said electronic Toll collection (ETC) began in 2016. Recently, the Ministry of Road and Highway Transportation decided to make it mandatory and issued a deadline of December 1 for its implementation.

The FASTag will be available at all the Toll square s, online purchase sites like Amazon & even some petrol pumps. The officers added that a mobile application ‘My FASTag ’ has been made available on Google Play store.

FASTag is a sticker that has to be pasted on the windshield of the vehicle. It can be purchased after payment of a certain fee at the Toll square . FASTag can be linked to the purchaser’s bank account, online wallet etc. & every time a motorist passes through a Toll square , the fee is deducted from the account or wallet. Motorists paying the Toll through FASTag will also get 2.5% cashback of the total Toll paid.

There are special devices installed at the Toll square to read the tag. On reading the FASTag , the boom at the Toll naka opens up & the motorist gets way to drive past the Toll square without being required to stop.

NHAI officials said the aim of making FASTag compulsory is do away with the long queue of vehicles at Toll square s. This occurs often due to altercations between motorists & the Toll collector over the payment of the fees.

“As per the Transport Corporation of India & IIM-Calcutta, once the ETC becomes operational, it will save Rs 87,000 crores at the national level & would reduce the average waiting time at the Toll square s by 10 minutes,” said a senior officer of NHAI, Nashik .

Since its inception in 2016, approximately 10,000 FASTag have been sold at the Ghoti Toll square & another 35,000 at the Pimpalgaon Toll square in Nashik .

There are a total five Toll square s — Ghoti, Pimpalgaon, Chandwad, Dhule & Sinnar — under NHAI Nashik . Huge awareness campaigns have been taken up. These include putting up banners near Toll square s, distributing pamphlets at Toll collection windows, making announcements through radio stations etc.

The NHAI is also speaking to the police of various units to deploy personnel at Toll square s on December 1 in view of possible chaos. Meetings with transport associations are also under way, said officials.