In view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the government has decided to suspend the collection of toll on national highways on a temporary basis.
The Union Transport Minister, Mr. Nitin Gadkari announced that the collection of toll at all the national highway toll plazas across the country has been temporarily suspended.
According to the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, the move will not only reduce inconvenience to the supply of emergency services but it will also save critical time. He said that the maintenance of roads, as well as availability of emergency resources at all toll plazas, will continue as usual.
According to a report, the Ministry had earlier advised the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to follow the guidelines of the Home Ministry about the operations of toll plazas, following the nation-wide lockdown due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
The electronic toll collection programme was rolled out by the NHAI in December across the country on more than 500 toll plazas.
Nearly two crore FASTags through multiple Point of Sale (PoS) locations have been issued. Last month, the FASTag transaction by the NHAI had crossed four million per day. Moreover, in a bid to increase the digital collection of user fee via FASTag at NH toll plazas, the FASTag cost of Rs 100 was also waived off by the NHAI for NHAI FASTag.