Toll booths to be removed, GPS-based toll collection within 1 year: Nitin Gadkari

National highways of the country will be free from toll plazas in a year. In its place, the government will introduce a GPS-based toll collection system. This was announced by the Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in the Lok Sabha. 

The need for fastag will also be over after this. Significantly, there are 643 toll plazas on national highways across the country, and from February 15, Fastag has been made mandatory for all vehicles. Talking about the new toll system on national highways, a senior official of the Ministry of Road Transport said that it will be completely GPS-based. Its biggest advantage, there will be people walking on the highways. 

They will have to pay only the toll they cover on the national highway. Whereas everyone has to pay the same toll on the toll plaza, even if it comes from the middle of the highway. Another feature of the new system will be that it will also be linked to the bank account of the vehicle owners with GPS. 

This will automatically cut the money from the bank according to the use of the road. Like Fastag, there will be no hassle of recharging beforehand. The senior official said that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been asked to prepare a roadmap for the new system in association with Google.