FASTags to be sold online and offline as toll plazas to have separate lane from September 1
With exclusive lane for FASTag vehicles set to be operational at all toll plazas from September 1, the Centre has made arrangements for their online and offline sale.
In order to facilitate the availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has taken two steps in consultation with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI). These include online sale of FASTags and offline sale through Common Services Centre (CSC) near toll plazas.
According to an official release, FASTag can also be purchased online from Issuer Banks websites, NHAI website and Indian Highways Management Company Ltd (IHMCL) website and will be delivered by courier at the door step of the purchaser. It is expected that this move will increase the sale of FASTags by improving availability and access.
Apart from the online sale, FASTags can also be bought from tomorrow from sale points of CSC to be set up near toll plazas. CSC has a proven track record of making 20 crore Aadhaar cards and achieving many other milestones of Digital India in short duration due to their vast network. It is expected that the association with CSC will give Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) ecosystem a further boost.
Hybrid ETC work that involves installation and integration of RFID readers in all toll plaza lanes is already under progress and is likely to be completed by October 31. Out of all hybrid lanes, at least one would be exclusively dedicated for FASTag vehicles where no other mode of toll payment would be accepted.
This exclusive one lane for FASTag vehicles will be operational with effect from September 1.
In pursuance of PM Modi's drive for a cashless economy, NHAI has been working on installation and efficient execution of ETC infrastructure at all the toll plazas under its jurisdiction. The work being done by NHAI in this direction, will provide safe, smooth and seamless journey to commuters on the national highways.