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News Update 17


Electronic toll collection


95 highway projects delayed


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National Highways Authority of India ( NHAI) has decided to roll out the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system across the country replacing the existing cash and receipt tax payment system . At present a pilot project for im- plementation of Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) has been under- taken. Under this pilot project, ETC on few lanes on toll plazas on Delhi-Chandigarh section(s) of the national highways will become functional.


When the vehicle fitted with the RFID (Radio Frequency Identifi- cation) Tag passes through the Toll Plaza, the reader installed at the dedicated ETC lane reads the unique number of Tag and trans- mit this information to the Cen- tral Clearing House. The Account of this Tag number is debited with the pre-fixed amount and this amount is transferred to the respective Toll Operators through Bank at the end of Shift/Day.


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Ninety five projects implement- ed by National Highways Author- ity of India (NHAI) and one hun- dred and twenty six projects of National Highways implemented by various State Public Works Departments (PWDs) & Border Roads Organization (BRO) have been delayed. These projects are at various stages of implementa- tion and hence, actual time & cost over-run can be ascertained only after completion of the projects.


The delays have occurred due to various reasons such as delay in land acquisition, shifting of utilities, obtaining environment, forest clearances and railway approvals, poor performance of contractors and law & order problems in some States, ac- cording to the Minister of State


for Road Transport and High- ways, Jitin Prasada.


The steps taken by the Govern- ment to minimize the delays in completion of all its projects include setting up of Regional Offices by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) headed by Chief General Managers with adequate delegation of powers, setting up of special land acqui- sition units, setting up of High Powered Committees under the Chairmanship of Chief Secretar- ies of State Governments to resolve the bottlenecks relat- ing to shifting of utilities, land acquisition issues, etc. Further, the delayed projects are closely monitored and periodically reviewed at the Headquarter as well as in the field units for expeditious completion.


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