Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to relax the conditions regarding the declaration of FASTag Fee lanes for 30 days from today at the 65 toll plazas including Raikal in Nalgonda district of Telangana enroute Vijayawada owing to the heavy festival traffic lining up for kilometres to cross the toll plaza.
The 65 Toll Plazas identified as high cash transactions fee plazas across the country on NHAI. This has come as a relief to many as they were allowed to convert up to 25 per cent of all fee lanes to hybrid (cash plus FASTag) lanes during this time.
The move comes in the wake of NHAI raising concerns regarding high cash transactions on its 65 identified fee plazas. NHAI has pointed out that most of the fee plazas are functioning with one hybrid lane on each side and while efforts are being made to bring more fee plazas within the ambit, the said identified fee plazas were facing heavy traffic rush on the hybrid lanes.
With a view to save the citizens from inconvenience, the Ministry has decided that depending on the traffic pile-up at these 65 fee plazas, not more than 25 per cent FASTag lane of Fee Plaza may be temporarily converted to hybrid lanes. This is to be considered and decided on a case to case basis, not below the level of the RO concerned. In a directive issued to NHAI in this regard, the Ministry has said that daily evaluation of such cases be made to take necessary corrective action and a summary report on a daily basis be sent to the Ministry.
The Ministry has further asked NHAI to ensure that the least possible number of the declared FASTag lane of Fee Plaza be converted into the hybrid lanes temporarily and further that at least 75% lanes of these 65 fee plaza remain declared and operational as ‘FASTag lane of Fee Plaza’ in order to incentivize the vehicles carrying FASTag.
The Ministry has emphasized that this temporary measure is to be adopted for 30 days only for such 65 fee plazas to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic so that no inconvenience is caused to the citizens. NHAI shall take necessary measures within this time to ensure smooth flow of traffic through the fee plazas and ensure declaring “FASTag lane of Fee Plaza” for all the lanes within this period.
List of 65 fee plazas of NHAI with the Relaxation of 30 days WEF January 15, 2020
|4||Gharonda Toll Plaza||Chandigarh||Ambala|
|5||Electronic City Elevated: 1) Bangalore Up Ramp @ chainage KM 18/000||Bangalore||Ramnagara|
|7||Ladowal Toll Plaza||Chandigarh||Ambala|
|10||Chandimandir Toll Plaza||Chandigarh||Chandigarh|
|12||Jaladhulagori toll plaza||Kolkata||Kolkata|
|14||Sambhu Toll Plaza||Chandigarh||Ambala|
|16||Rajchandrapur Toll Plaza||Kolkata||Kolkata|
|24||Towards Bangalore Km.26.075||Bangalore||Bangalore|
|32||Ahmedpur||Lucknow – East||Lucknow|
|34||Brijghat||Lucknow – West||Moradabad|
|36||Doddakarernahalli (Nelamangala Toll) Karekal Cross||Bangalore||Hassan|
|43||Towards Nelamangala Km.14.875||Bangalore||Bangalore|
|51||Attibele Grade section Toll Plaza at km 32/700||Bangalore||Ramnagara|
|58||Ronahi||Lucknow – East||Lucknow|
|59||Barajod (earlier Sikandara )||Lucknow – West||Kanpur|