Like Indian Railways, car owners can also get monthly passes, know where it will be used

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: Just like the railways issue monthly (MST) passes to its daily commuters, in the future such monthly or annual passes can be issued to car owners to use toll roads. This will reduce the incidence of toll theft and will also increase the government treasury. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said this at an international workshop on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) held in Delhi on Tuesday.

Monthly pass will be made for car owners

Union Minister Gadkari said that there is a plan to issue monthly and annual passes to car owners. Secretary Anurag Jain and NHAI Chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav thought about this. But this will bring money and also end the hassle. The Transport Minister's statement of issuing monthly passes to car owners is being seen as a positive thing in the coming times. In which such a system can be started at toll nakas. However, such monthly passes are still issued at some places in the country. But this monthly pass is only for the population living around toll nakas. After ensuring their identity through their ID, such passes are issued by taking some money from them.

In the satellite based toll collection system, the department is initially working on a hybrid model. In which two lanes of the toll plaza will be kept for vehicles paying satellite based toll and the rest for vehicles with the existing system Fastag. Then as this GNSS based electronic toll collection increases, gradually all the other lanes of the toll plaza will also be made satellite lanes. Experts from many countries also came to the workshop.

The objective was to find out how satellite-based toll can be collected from vehicles in India without stopping them at toll booths. What are the best practices in the world so that people in India can use toll roads without any hassle by paying toll. Union Ministers of State Harsh Malhotra and Ajay Tamta were also present in the workshop.

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