Under HAM, the government provides 40% of the construction cost. The rest is arranged by the developer. Land acquisition and toll collection are the government’s responsibilities. Private investment via BOT has been subdued in the past few years.
FASTag came into force from Sunday across the national highways. The government has mandated FASTag for toll payments from December 15 onwards. However, at every toll plaza pan India one hybrid lane will remain operative for the vehicles from both directi
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice S A Bobde, sought response of the Centre on a PIL seeking implementation of its policy on gradually switching all public transport and government vehicles to electric vehicles with a view to curb air pollution and CFC emissions.
This comes after states made little progress in setting up these centres, which was to be done following a Supreme Court ruling that mandated all public transport vehicles to have vehicle tracking systems and emergency buttons. The features were mandated from January 1, 2019.
Among the corridors NHAI proposes to build are—Ahmedabad-Dholera, Delhi-Amritsar-Katra, Chennai-Bengaluru, Kanpur-Lucknow, Bangalore Ring Road, Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar, Hyderabad-Raipur, and Nagpur-Vijayawada.
About 6.4 crore transactions FASTag transactions worth Rs.1256 crore was processed in December as against 3.4 crore transactions worth Rs.774 crore in November, the latest National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) data released on Wednesday showed. A total of three crore 3.1 crore transactions worth Rs.703 crore in October was processed.
The NHAI started electronic toll collection through RFID-based FASTags on its 523 toll plazas across the country from December 15 for seamless flow of traffic. FASTag is a prepaid tag, affixed on vehicle's windscreen, that enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets the vehicle pass through the toll plaza without stopping for cash transaction.
Since December 15, while all toll lanes have been converted to FASTag lanes, NHAI has allowed a leeway for commuters to accept toll through cash and FASTags in around 25% of lanes at every toll plaza. This was done as per a directive from the transport ministry to ease the transition phase.
In other countries, GPS devices have been used for the last two decades by the supply chain industry to improve operational efficiencies. India has been a slow follower. But the govt is finally trying hard to play catch-up, & it is imperative that this endeavour is successful. Ensuring success, however, is very challenging. A change in perspective could make all the difference.
UP already has the longest expressway in the country — linking Delhi to Lucknow via the connected Yamuna Expressway and Lucknow Expressway, helping motorists cover the 500-km stretch in about 6 hours. Four more expressway stretches are coming up. In January, PM Narendra Modi will lay the foundation of the Bundelkhand Expressway. The 296-km expressway will connect Chitrakoot with the Agra-Lucknow Expressway near Bateshwar, thus offering a smooth six-lane drive from Delhi till the southern point of Uttar Pradesh. In November, the UP government finalised the alignment of India’s proposed longest Ganga Expressway. The 628-km e-way will connect Delhi and Allahabad via Meerut. (Representative Image)
The crisis in Telangana is a reflection of the precarious position of state-run bus operators in India, which have seen their losses swell every passing year. This is particularly worrying since buses undergird India’s public transport system, and cash-starved state governments and municipal corporations have done little to shore up the transport corps.