Nitin Gadkari Union transport minister of road and highways stated that Indian will be toll booth free in 2022.
- GPS based transaction technology accepted from Russian government equipped for toll booth.
- Fate of fast tag system yet to be uncleared for now.
- Expected toll collection of MoRTH reaches to Rs 34,000 crore FY2020-21
A GPS-based transaction technology system will be used, by which the required amount is deducted from the linked account of the car owner, Instead of physical amount collection at the toll booths. Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari makes this statement at the virtual Assocham foundation2020, in which he stated that India will become tollbooth free in the next 2 years. Also, he stated that the government of India accepted the GPS-based transaction system toll collection in association with the Russian government. By this, the toll amount will directly deduct from the linked bank account based on the moving of the vehicle.
Although all the commercial vehicles are already came installed with a GPS tracking device, the government has to think of a way to install this technology on old vehicles as well. This new technology will be revolutionary but also raises a few concerns as well for the citizens as well as for the governing authorities. Firstly, the government tracking a person’s location is blatant of privacy of a person. Secondly, there will be a huge concern for the safety of data record of a person and Aadhar card data breach in the past has showcased the weakness of the data in government hands. Also, the fate of fast tag technology is still uncleared with this new technology.
For FY2020-21, the minister of road and transport expects the toll collection to reach Rs 34,000 crore, and the GPS-enabled system, toll income will be expected to raise Rs 1,34,000 crore. The fate for the fast tag was still uncleared by the union ministry, as they have a mandatory fast tag on each and every vehicle from 1st January 2021. That said, the deadline for this has been extended multiple times now, and a lot of people have been reluctant to switch to this automatic, electronic mode of payment.