New Delhi, August 17: To facilitate the availability of Electronic Toll Collection system, all toll plazas across the country will have exclusive FASTag lanes for Electronic Toll Collection from September 1, 2017. For this, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken two revolutionary steps in consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). The initiatives include the online sale of FASTags and offline sale through Common Services Centre (CSC) near toll plazas from August 18, 2017.
In pursuance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s drive for a cashless economy, NHAI has been working on installation and efficient execution of ETC infrastructure at all the toll plazas under its jurisdiction. The work being done by NHAI in this direction will provide safe, smooth and seem less journey to commuters on National Highways.
What is FASTag?
- FASTag is an electronic toll collection system in India which is operated by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
- The system was initially set up as a pilot project in 2014 on the stretch of the Golden Quadrilateral between Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
- By April 2015, FASTag was rolled out to 247 toll plazas on national highways across India, representing 70% of all toll plazas in the country at the time while as on 23 November 2016, 347 fee plazas out of 366 on national highways across the country accept FASTag payments.
How to purchase FASTags?
- FASTag can also be purchased online from Issuer Banks websites/ NHAI website/ IHMCL website and will be delivered by courier at the door step of the purchaser. It is expected that this move will increase the sale of FASTags by improving availability and access.
- Apart from the online sale, from tomorrow, 18th August, 2017, FASTags can also be bought from sale points of Common Services Centre (CSC) to be set up near toll plazas.
- CSC has a proven track record of making 20 crore Adhar Cards and achieving many other milestones of Digital India in short duration due to their vast network. It is expected that the association with CSC will give the ETC ecosystem a further boost.
Hybrid ETC work that involves installation & integration of RFID readers in all the Toll Plaza lanes is already in progress and is likely to be completed by 31st October 2017. Out of all Hybrid Lanes, at least one shall be exclusively dedicated for FASTag vehicles where no other mode of Toll Payment shall be accepted.