New Delhi: Union of Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari was speaking to Lok Sabha when he announced the removal of all physical toll plazas in the country within a year.
“I want to assure the House within a year that all physical toll plazas across the country will be eliminated. The money for the toll will be collected on the basis of GPS imagery, ”Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said in Question Time on Thursday.
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“The camera will be placed at the entrance to the road which will capture your image on the GPS and it will only charge you for the entry and exit areas,” he added.
The Minister informed that the GPS system will be obtained with the help of Russia, and the toll charges will be directly deducted from the user’s bank account.
New vehicles will be fitted with FasTags, while the government has said it will offer free FASTags for older vehicles.
Gadkari concluded the point by saying that “there will be no toll (stand), no one will stop you. We will finish this in a year”.
On top of that, Gadkari also announced the long-awaited Vehicle Scrapping Policy which will offer a discount of around 5 percent to those who buy new cars if they throw their old vehicles in the trash. He has been advised that the scrap value of the old vehicle to be donated by the demolition facility will be approximately 4 to 6 percent of the ex-showroom price of the new vehicle.