To ensure faster implementation of electronic toll collection, Indian Highways Management Company Ltd (IHMCL) has inked a pact with CSC e-Governance Services for issuance of FASTag through common service centres, according to an NHAI official.
Promoted by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), IHMCL has been mandated to implement the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme under the brand name ‘FASTag’.
The FASTag programme is an initiative by the NHAI and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to enable road users to pay the toll electronically without stopping by at toll plazas and thus reducing congestion.
The programme was launched in April 2016.
Currently, it is operational at over 480 toll plazas along the national highways and select state toll plazas. Till date, more than 4.3 million FASTags have been issued, the official said.
FASTags were being issued by certified banks only through limited channels such as point of sale at NH toll plazas, online, and select bank branches, etc.
Recently, IHMCL has also signed MoUs with state-run oil marketing companies IOCL, BPCL and HPCL for ensuring availability of FASTag at petrol pumps.
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