The federal government on Wednesday briefly suspended toll assortment on nationwide highways to ease emergency companies in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
“In view of COVID-19, it has been ordered to briefly droop the gathering of toll in any respect toll plazas throughout India,” Street Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari introduced.
This won’t solely scale back inconvenience to emergency companies but in addition save important time, he mentioned.
The minister mentioned upkeep of roads and availability of emergency assets at toll plazas will proceed as traditional.
Earlier, the street transport and highways ministry had suggested the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to comply with the house ministry”s pointers about toll plaza operations following the lockdown within the wake of the coronavirus outbreak within the nation.
The prevailing situation could also be handled as “Power Majeure” of concession or contract settlement when it comes to the finance ministry, the street transport and highways mentioned.
The NHAI had rolled out the digital toll assortment programme throughout India in December on its over 500 toll plazas whereas doubling toll costs from the automobiles coming into FASTag lanes with out the tag.
In an effort to give prime significance to present FASTag customers, dissuade defaulters and additional encourage adoption of FASTags by nationwide freeway commuters, automobiles with out FASTags coming into the FASTag lane have been being charged double the toll charge and final month over Rs 20 crore have been collected from 20 lakh automobiles encroaching FASTag lanes throughout India.
About two crore FASTags have been issued by means of a number of Level of Sale (PoS) areas. FASTag transaction by the NHAI final month had crossed 4 million per day.
In an effort to additional enhance digital assortment of consumer charge by way of FASTag at nationwide highways charge plazas, NHAI had additionally waived off the FASTag price of Rs 100 for NHAI FASTag.