Maharashtra has recorded impressive figures when it comes to toll collection via FASTag, a little more than a year after it was made mandatory.
According to the National Highways Authority of India, which manages and controls around 58 toll plazas across the state, the average toll collection via FASTag since it was made mandatory from February 15 last year is around 89%.
Officials at the Pune division, which manages the Anewadi toll plaza and the Khed Shivapur toll plaza along the Pune-Satara highway, said that 95% of motorists have been using FASTag.
At the Anewadi and Khed Shivapur toll plazas respectively, while a total toll of Rs.111.44 crore and
Rs.181.42crore was collected last year, the Anewadi toll plaza saw a collection of Rs. 98.3 crore via
FASTag and the Khed Shivapur toll plaza saw a collection of Rs162. 7crore via FASTags during the
same period. “When the implementation started, it was decided that a double toll would be charged from those without tags. ” the official said.
On the Mumbai-Pune expressway, which is managed by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, officials said that the toll collection via FASTags on two plazas (Talegaon and Khalapur) had touched 95%.
The official also said that while most commercial vehicles have FASTag, the issue is with those moving in private vehicles.