Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said FASTag for motor vehicles would be made mandatory for all in four months.
While replying to a discussion on demands for grants for the road transport and highways ministry in the Lok Sabha, Mr Gadkari said that though tolls cannot be removed, but passing through them can be made easy through these FASTag for electronic toll collection.
He added people need to pay toll if they want good roads and the money collected from areas that have the capacity to pay is utilised for building roads in rural and hilly areas.
Making it clear that the toll system was here to stay as the government did not have enough funds, Gadkari said the government built 40,000 kilometres of highway in the past five years.
To ensure faster roll-out of electronic toll collection across the country, FASTags would soon be available at petrol pumps and later these might be used as cards for buying petrol and paying parking fees, Gadkari had earlier said while launching FASTag.
FASTag, which is affixed on the windscreen of a vehicle, is a device that employs radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for making toll payments directly from the prepaid or savings account linked to it, enabling the commuter to drive through toll plazas without stopping for cash transactions.
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