The highways ministry on Friday extended the December 1 deadline for roll out of 100% electronic toll collection through FASTags across the entire NH network to December 15.
NEW DELHI: The highways ministry on Friday extended the December 1 deadline for roll out of 100% electronic toll collection through FASTag across the entire NH network to December 15. This has been done to provide some more time to citizens to buy and put FASTags on their vehicles, the ministry said.
Government extends mandatory roll out date for FASTags to December 15
TOI has learnt that the preparedness for processing FASTags came up for discussion at a meeting chaired by cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday when the NHAI representative underlined the need to give some more time to the new system for maximum benefits. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently directed that his office will monitor the progress of FASTags.
Till Friday evening, nearly 73 lakh tags were sold and about 1.68 lakh were sold on Thursday only, which was the highest ever.
“The extra time will help us streamline all preparations. While we and banks have been able to push the sale of FASTags throughout the country, we need to see how people are successfully uploading the amount. We are addressing all concerns that people are raising through the FASTag app,” said an official.
The official release said that all lanes (except one lane on each side) in fee plazas shall be declared as FASTag lane from December 15. “It has now been decided that charging of double user fee from vehicles which enter FASTag lane without the tag will start from December 15 instead of December 1,” the ministry’s statement said.