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Why government needs to implement GPS in earnest in logistics industry

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.

What ails state-run bus operators in India?

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.

Deadline for FASTag deferred

The government wants to give additional time for vehicle owners to switch to FASTags, senior officials aware of the development told ET. . Vehicles without FASTags entering the ETC lane will have to incur twice the toll fee December 15 onwards, NHAI said.

FASTag to be mandatory from December 15: All you need to know about it

According to BullEye Technologies, the transition to 100 per cent FASTag-based toll collection on national highways from 1st December could save up to Rs 12,000 crore worth of fuel and man-hours in India.

Government extends deadline for mandatory FASTags to December 15

FASTag-enabled payment is currently available at over 450 toll plazas across national and state highways.

Soon, service provider to sell FASTags online

The service provider will also have to set up a system to resolve customer complaints or queries online. Only owners of cars, utility vehicles, vans and other light motor vehicles will be allowed to buy FASTags online. It has been specified in the bid document that the service provider shall not sell FASTags “in bulk to any single customer or a group of customers.”

BlackBuck partners with IDFC Bank, Yes Bank to offer free FASTags to truckers

Truck owners can order FASTags on BlackBuck's Boss App, a digital services platform exclusively for truck fleet owners, and it will be delivered at their doorstep free of cost until December 31, 2019, the company said in a statement.

Over 70 lakh FASTags issued so far

A customer may call on the helpline number, '1033', for any assistance related to FASTags, the ministry said and added that they can also reach out to the banks to obtain FASTags.

NHAI plans TOT rejig to woo small companies

According to the earlier model approved by the government in 2016, NHAI could monetise publicly funded highways by offering investors toll collection rights for 30 years for a lumpsum amount. “With this flexibility, we now get a larger pool of road stretches to choose from,” a senior government official told ET.

Free FASTags for faster switch

“NHAI has set up point of sale (PoS) on several toll plazas across the country, and they are giving out FASTags free of cost,” said minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari. The government has set December 1 as the deadline to switch all toll lanes to electronic toll collection.

Challans worth Rs 577 cr issued since Sept 1

Challans worth Rs 577 cr issued since Sept 1

As per information available in the database of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), 38,39,406 traffic challans in 18 states were issued since September 1. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Act, 2019 made with the intention of disciplining road users resulted in increase of traffic penalties by several times.

Land, Contractor woes stall projects

Land, Contractor woes stall projects

To fast track the lagging projects, various steps such as streamlining of land acquisition and environmental clearances, close coordination with other ministries, revamping dispute resolution mechanism, and frequent review meetings with project developers, state governments and contractors have been taken up, said Nitin Gadkari.

NHAI is now giving FASTags free of cost to encourage switch to e-tolling

NHAI is now giving FASTags free of cost to encourage switch to e-tolling

The road transport and highways ministry had earlier this year announced December 1 as the deadline to switch all toll lanes across national highways in the country to electronic toll collection (ETC). “NHAI has set up point of sale (PoS) on several toll plazas across the country, and they are giving out FASTags free of cost,” Nitin Gadkari said.

Cabinet makes key changes to TOT framework, allows NHAI to raise funds against toll revenue

Cabinet makes key changes to TOT framework, allows NHAI to raise funds against toll revenue

Among key changes, the NHAI has been allowed to vary the concession period of toll projects between 15 to 30 years. TOT was introduced in 2016 to monetise publicly funded highways. Under the model, investors make a one-time lump sum payment in return for long-term toll collection rights of 30 years.

Faster lane: Only FASTag payments at toll plazas from December 1

Faster lane: Only FASTag payments at toll plazas from December 1

Indian highways are switching to electronic toll collection from Dec 1, in pursuit of a better driving experience.

No money to pay September salaries: TSRTC tells HC

No money to pay September salaries: TSRTC tells HC

The public utility requires Rs 224 crore to pay the salaries to over 48,000 employees while it currently has only Rs 7.5 crore. It also brought to the court's notice that non-payment of salaries was driving employees to the suicides.

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