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One Nation One FASTag

Topics Covered:

  1. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

 

One Nation One FASTag

 

What to study?

For Prelims: Key features and overview of the scheme.

For Mains: Benefits, challenges in implementation and significance of the scheme.

 

Context: One Nation One FASTag scheme inaugurated recently.

The government has already announced that FASTags will be mandatory for all vehicles at all National Highways from December 1.

 

Features of the scheme- One Nation One FASTag:

  1. The scheme will be implemented from December 1, 2019, and can be availed upon activation by new cars having Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on national and state highways throughout the country.
  2. The plan aims to integrate the collection of toll digitally and ensure seamless mobility of vehicles across India.
  3. The payment method is a part of the National Electronic Toll Collection (NETC) programme. The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) collects the payments.

 

What is ‘FASTag’? How they operate?

  1. Stickers affixed to the windscreen of vehicles.
  2. Use RFID technology to enable digital, contactless payment of tolls without having to stop at toll gates.
  3. The tags are linked to bank accounts and other payment methods.
  4. Sensors are placed on toll barriers, and the barriers open for vehicles having valid FASTags.
  5. A FASTag is valid for five years and needs to be recharged only as per requirement.

 

Why do we need this scheme?

According to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), these devices will make passing through tolls considerably smoother since drivers will no longer have to carry cash or stop to make a transaction.

Cameras at toll booths will take photos of passengers in a vehicle, which will be useful for the Ministry of Home Affairs as there will be a record of a vehicle’s movement.

Sources: Indian Express.