Collection of toll is a difficult task in India and there are many who try several means to avoid paying. Now the new Highway Minister, Nitin Gadkari, will be implementing electronic toll collection systems pan India.
These electronic toll collection systems were supposed to be implemented a long time ago. The Highway Minister has now confirmed it will be implemented on 31st of October, 2014. They will be put up at several key and vital places as of now.
Over 55 toll plazas across India have been fitted with electronic toll collection systems. A trial project was implemented at ten locations between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The trial run has been reported successfully and no hiccups were noticed.
All future highway projects will have to compulsorily use this new system. The central government has made it essential that all contractors who are awarded projects have to put up electronic toll collection systems.
The government has implemented a new company under its Company's Act 1956. The equity participation will be NHAI 25%, Financial Institutions 25% and Concessionaires 50%. They have named their new company as the Indian Highways Management Company Limited.
For the new electronic toll collection system vehicles, will have to be fitted with Radio Frequency Identification Tags. This new system is being introduced so that congestion can be reduced at toll plazas.