Driving on an expressway is a breeze but along with the good roads comes toll collecting gates. Due to the heavy movement of vehicles, the congestion on the toll gates becomes a problem.
To avoid these problems government is planning to install advanced gantry-based tolling system which will eliminate the need of toll booths. The new tolling system will replace toll booths by the end of 2017.
The new advanced gantry-based tolling system will deduct a fee from motorist's prepaid account when the vehicle passes through an electronic beam stretching across the road.
The eastern expressway on the Delhi border will be the maiden highway to get gantry based tolling along with advanced traffic management system.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide Rs 500 crore assistance for this project. An official said, "We have requested JICA to provide assistance for more upcoming highways. This would reduce the traffic snarls to zero as there will be no toll plazas for those with automated prepaid cards"
The new system will be implemented to all the national highways in the future. Although, there will be a separate lane for cash payments or e-wallet payments. The official added, "We could still have a single lane with a toll plaza for those who would want to pay through cash or e-wallets"
The government has been promoting cashless payments on the toll plaza's since the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes from November 8, 2016.