Driving on national highways can be expensive from April 1, know what is the reason - Newztezz Online


Saturday, March 20, 2021

Driving on national highways can be expensive from April 1, know what is the reason

From April 1 this year, traveling on national highways can be a bit expensive. 
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is set to increase the toll rates by 5 percent. At the same time, the monthly pass can also be increased from 10 rupees to 20 rupees.

NHAI increases toll tax every financial year. The increase in toll tax after the FASTag imperative will increase the burden on the transporters as well as the common people. According to reports, at least three toll plazas in Gorakhpur are expected to increase by 5 to 30 rupees. A departmental officer is expected to send a proposal regarding the increase on the basis of toll collection of Nayansar, Tenua and Sherpur Chamarah. In addition, regular passengers are also likely to face increased toll burden. It is believed that the monthly toll may also increase by 10 to 20 rupees.

CM Dwivedi, project director of NHAI Gorakhpur zone, says that toll tax increases every financial year. The new rates will be applicable from 1 April. The proposal for increase is being sent to the headquarters.

The FASTag electronic toll collection system promises to reduce the waiting time at the toll plaza to a large extent, as well as to reduce fuel consumption to a large extent. Recently, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had estimated that India would save around Rs 20,000 crore on petrol and diesel every year if all vehicles start using FASTags for travel on national highways.

According to news agency PTI, Gadkari has been quoted as saying that making FASTags for collection of electronic tolls has been made mandatory for electronic tolls, this has significantly reduced delays at toll plazas. From February 16, FASTags have been made mandatory for all vehicles to pay user fees at the National Highway toll plaza. Since then, toll collection through electronic mode has seen a manifold increase. According to NHAI, FASTags has helped to increase its daily toll collection to Rs 104 crore.

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