No toll booths on national highways in 2 years

Two years from now, there will be no more toll booths on the motorways, which means vehicles won’t have to stop at the squares or drive more slowly to make payments. Tolls are collected from vehicles such as trucks and buses using GPS technology, which maps the distance these vehicles have traveled and automatically deducts the toll amount.

Speaking at the Assocham conference here on Thursday, Road Minister Nitin Gadkari said the ministry was working on a proposal to use the toll based on GPS technology. All new vehicles will be equipped with GPS systems, he added.

It should be noted that the slowing down or stopping of vehicles at toll booths has decreased with the introduction of Fastags, the RFID-based cashless toll collection method.

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The collection of tolls from the National Highways in the current fiscal year will reach 34,000 crore (targeted), Gadkari said. Last year tolls were £ 24,000, Gadkari said.

Development of a mountain station

Gadkari invited industry to get involved in infrastructure creation projects, adding that the government plans to build a mountain station modeled on Switzerland near the Zojilla tunnel. The 19 km long piece of land near Kargil can become a good tourist spot.

“The proposal is to get land from Leh and Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir with a long term lease of £ 1. These state governments will be involved in the project. It is designed by the architect Hafeez Contractor together with Swiss architects. Hotels and resorts can be built on this beautiful route, which has good road connections, ”said the minister.

The minister added that there is a need to generate returns on infrastructure projects as land prices increased many times after a road was built. For the highway sector, he asked developers to join forces and set up a non-bank finance company.

He also said the ministry also plans to run £ 500million projects to allow Indian players to participate.

Expressways

Recently at the CII conference, the minister told the CII that work on the 1,300-kilometer, 50-percent-completed, access-controlled Greenfield expressway from Delhi to Mumbai, which is 50 percent-completed, should be completed in the next two years. The Bengaluru-Chennai access-controlled expressway is expected to be completed in the next two years.

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Another project, the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, is due to be completed in January and will reduce travel time between Delhi and Meerut from over 4 hours to 45 minutes. Work on access controlled projects worth £ 65,000 linking Delhi-Amritsar-Katra and Amritsar-Ajmer will begin next month.

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