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Will the government eliminate the cash line in NH squares as of January 1? | India News

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NEW DELHI: Toll collection through FASTag crossed Rs 80 crore for the first time on Thursday with a transaction record of 50 lakh, according to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). The sources said the government is also considering whether it can eliminate “hybrid lanes” at toll plazas from January 1. Cash is accepted from travelers on these lanes.
The hybrid lanes are also equipped with the device that can read the FASTags. The transactions to pay the toll through FASTag have increased to almost 78% and still a significant part of the travelers prefer to pay in cash for the toll charges.
“Once the government eliminates the hybrid lane and reports all lanes as ‘FASTag lanes,’ cash-paying passengers would have to pay double the reported toll. Nobody would like to pay a higher toll. That is why we have increased the deployment of people at toll plazas for the sale and installation of FASTags on site. It only takes five minutes, ”said an NHAI official.
According to NHAI, FASTag is readily available at more than 30,000 points of sale (PoS) across the country and these are available at all NHAI toll plazas. It is also available online. They said that a cash recharge facility is also being provided at points of sale at toll plazas for the convenience of users.
The government has made it mandatory for all four-wheelers and larger vehicles to have functional FASTag as of January 1 and violating this will be considered a crime under the motor vehicle law. FASTag has also been made mandatory for the renewal of insurance for four-wheelers and larger vehicles and the renewal of the certificate of fitness for commercial vehicles from next April.

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