GNSS-based toll collection to boost India’s revenue by Rs 10,000 crore: Nitin Gadkari

GNSS-based toll collection to boost India’s revenue by Rs 10,000 crore: Nitin Gadkari

GNSS-based toll collection to boost India’s revenue by Rs 10,000 crore: Nitin Gadkari

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Union Minister highlights benefits of satellite-based tolling for commercial vehicles, aiming to enhance efficiency and transparency.

June 26, 2024

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has projected that the implementation of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)-based toll collection in India will contribute an additional Rs 10,000 crore to the government’s toll revenue. 

Speaking at an international workshop on GNSS-based electronic toll collection, Gadkari emphasized that the new system will initially target commercial vehicles, which constitute 75% of the annual toll revenue.

“GNSS technology enhances navigation and positioning, playing a crucial role in modernizing toll collection systems, ensuring seamless travel, and reducing congestion on our roads. We are continuously working towards easing citizens’ lives, making governance more transparent, and providing faster services,” says Gadkari.

GNSS-based tolling is set to revolutionize electronic toll collection by offering a barrier-free experience, where vehicles are charged based on the distance travelled on tolled highways. This system, integrated within the existing FASTag ecosystem, aims to minimize revenue leakages and enhance operational efficiency across the country’s national highways.

The workshop, organized by the Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL), brought together global experts to discuss the seamless implementation of GNSS technology in India’s tolling infrastructure. Gadkari underscored that GNSS technology will modernize toll collection systems, reduce traffic congestion, and provide a smoother travel experience for road users.

With plans to roll out dedicated GNSS lanes at toll plazas nationwide, NHAI aims to streamline vehicle movement and ensure a hassle-free riding experience. The adoption of GNSS-based Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) marks a significant step towards enhancing India’s economic growth and improving governance transparency in public services.

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