Only FASTag payments at toll plazas from Dec 1
This article was published on : November 7, 2019
From December 1, payments at all the toll plazas 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 plaza operators.
The FASTag will be available at all the toll plazas, online purchase sites like Amazon and even some petrol pumps. The officers added that a mobile application ‘My FASTag’ has been made available on Google Playstore. FASTag is a sticker that must be pasted on the windshield of the vehicle. It can be purchased after payment of a certain fee at the toll plaza. FASTag can be linked to the purchaser’s bank account, online wallet, etc. and every time a motorist passes through a toll plaza, 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 plaza to read the tag. On reading the FASTag, the boom at the toll naka opens and the motorist gets way to drive past the toll plaza without being required to stop. As per the Transport Corporation of India and IIM-Calcutta, once the ETC becomes operational, it will save Rs 87,000 crores at the national level and would reduce the average waiting time at the toll plazas by 10 minutes.
Since its inception in 2016, approximately 10,000 FASTag has been sold at the Ghoti toll plaza and another 35,000 at the Pimpalgaon toll plaza in Nashik.