The government on Thursday (22 July) informed that after declaration of all lanes on fee plazas as FASTag lanes, the overall FASTag penetration in the country has increased to 96 per cent.
In a written reply to a query in the Lok Sabha regarding removal of all physical toll booths in the country, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari stated that the government has already "declared all lanes of fee plazas on National Highways as “FASTag lane of the fee plaza” for collection of user fee through digital payment via FASTag with effect from midnight of 15 and 16 February 2021".
At present, all fee plazas on National Highways are fully equipped with FASTag system, the minister said.
"After declaration of all lanes as FASTag Lanes, the overall FASTag penetration has reached approximately 96 per cent, from 80 per cent on 14 Februar 2021," Gadkari said.
"As on 14th July, more than 3.54 crore FASTags have been issued," he added.
The minister further said that improvement in process and technology for collection of user fee is a continuous process.
"Efforts are also made towards adoption of new technology and process," the minister said.