The toll collection through FASTags touched an all time high in a day at Rs 122.3 crore on Saturday, an indication of more economic activities and transport related activities particularly during the festive season. An overall trend also shows that the total revenue increased on all days during last week compared to the previous one.
According to data from National Highways Authority of India, the earlier maximum collection was Rs 106.3 crore on March 27 before the second wave of Covid-19 hit the country. The data also shows that the daily toll collection increased by 5-8% during the last week compared to the user charges collected by the toll operators exactly a week back. All 722 toll plazas on national highways and another 196 toll plazas on state highways or roads collect user fee only through FASTags. Nearly 82% of the total toll charge comes from commercial and heavy vehicles, while cars contribute to barely 18% of the cumulative toll.
Besides higher traffic on highways, other two factors that contributed to the increase in toll collection are annual hike in toll charges and bringing more completed stretches under the tolling system.