FASTag to be available for free from February 15th to 29th
In a bid to promote electronic toll colection, the National Highway Authority of India had decided to offer Fastag for free from 15th February. The Minister of Road Transport and Highway on Thursday waived the cost of Fastag fo Rs 100 for 15 day period. The new rule will come into force from 15th February to 29th, the ministry stated.
"In order to further increase digital collection of user fee via FASTag at NH fee plazas, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to waive off the FASTag cost of ₹100 for NHAI FASTag between February 15 and 29, 2020," the government said in a statement.
Road users can go to any authorised point of sale location with a valid registration certificate of the car and get an NHAI FASTag free of cost, it said.
NHAI FASTag can be bought from any national highway fee plazas, regional transport offices, common service centre, transport hubs and petrol pumps, among others, it added.
"To search for the nearest NHAI FASTag point-of-sale locations, one may download MyFASTag App, or visit www.ihmcl.com or Call 1033 NH helpline number," the statement said.
The applicable security deposit and minimum balance amount for FASTag wallet shall, however stay unaltered.
Earlier NHAI had announced for free NHAI FASTag from 22nd November to 15th December in 2019.
Previously, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had stated that after the FASTag system on national highways for electronic toll accumulation, the income per day has gone up to Rs 87 crore, from Rs 68 crore.
Once the system is thoroughly put into effect, NHAI expects Rs 100 crore toll revenue per day.