Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday night said that the use of FASTags across national highways, mandated by the Centre, will help save ₹20,000 crores annually on fuel and boost the country’s revenue by nearly ₹10,000 crores.
Gadkari was speaking at the launch of a live monitoring system for toll plazas across national highways to measure traffic queue length and waiting time on a real-time basis in a bid to provide immediate management response to reduce bottlenecks and improve efficiency of mandatory FASTags usage.
The live monitoring system will measure the ‘Daily Congestion Index’ for each plaza as well as the overall congestion across the national highway network. It will also provide real-time details of high peak hours’ traffic at toll plazas.
“There is zero waiting time at 80 per cent of the total toll plazas. Toll collection through electronic tolling has reached 93 per cent from 80 per cent during the last fortnight after the FASTags was made mandatory,” Gadkari said.