The FASTag collection in the current fiscal year through March 24 was ₹32,451 crore, informed Union Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, during a speech at the Rajya Sabha, informed that with the implementation of the FASTag system, the time required for a vehicle to cross a paid place dropped to just 47 seconds. He added that processing time for paid transactions has been reduced by 56% on paid seats.
This allows a pay station operator to process an additional 148 vehicles per hour per lane, resulting in a 130% increase in productivity compared to the manual fee collection system, prior to the introduction of FASTag. The Minister also informed that the FASTag collection in the current fiscal year until March 24 amounted to ₹32,451 crores.
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FASTag has been implemented by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on all national highways from February 15 last year. Since then, toll collection via FASTag has grown exponentially. The implementation of the system would have significantly reduced the waiting time on national highways and also increased transparency. NHAI previously said the FASTag system helped it mop up more ₹100 crores every day.
In a separate written response to the Lok Sabha, the Minister also informed that up to 23,868 people were killed in road accidents in which impacting vehicles were lorries or lorries in 2018, while the total number of accidents involving trucks or lorries stood at 57,441. He added that various measures have been taken for the benefit of drivers, including truckers, such as roadside facilities, food courts, truck parking areas, etc. on national highways.
Notably, Gadkari arrived in parliament on Wednesday in a hydrogen car, aiming to send a message for the adoption of renewable and green energy amid soaring petrol and diesel prices.
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Date of first publication: March 31, 2022, 4:34 PM IST