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Toll booth plazas to be removed across the country in the next one year: Nitin Gadkari

He confirmed that removing toll plazas does not mean stopping toll collection. As per the current plan, the amount will be collected through the photos taken from the GPS system.

Toll booth plazas to be removed across the country in the next one year: Nitin Gadkari
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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Thursday, March 18, 2021, announced that all toll plazas in the country will be removed within the next one year. The statement was made by Minister Gadkari while addressing the members at the Lok Sabha. 

BSP MP from Uttar Pradesh's Amroha constituency Kunwar Danish Ali had raised the issue of toll in the Lok Sabha, to which Gadkari had replied.

He also indirectly targeted the UPA government on the issue of removal of Toll booths and said that the plazas have been set up on important roads across the country just make money through toll plazas. To uproot this system, he informed the House that in the next one year, all toll plazas in the country will be removed and a GPS based toll collection system will be implemented. 

Furthermore, he confirmed that removing toll plazas does not mean stopping toll collection. As per the current plan, the amount will be collected through the photos taken from the GPS. Technology will be used whereby the toll will have to be paid as much as their vehicle runs on the road. He also stated that if all these toll plazas are removed now, the road construction company will demand immediate compensation, and hence the government has planned to implement the same in the next one year.

Besides this, he has also ordered the police to conduct investigation regarding the vehicles that do not pay the toll through FASTag. Toll and GST evasion cases will be filed if the vehicles do not have FASTag.

To simplify the process, electronic payments have been introduced at toll plazas. While this system was introduced in 2016, Fasttag has now been made mandatory and this move was implemented from February 16, 2021, and basis this, if there is no FASTag, vehicles will be asked to pay double toll.

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