Pay toll for expressway replete with roadblocks

September 17, 2013


BANGALORE: The irony of BIA Road is at the far end – Sadahalli gate, where the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) collects a toll from vehicles returning from the airport. Road users are paying through the nose for a journey on a bumpy road punctuated by gridlocks and littered with construction material.Though there was stiff resistance to the toll, NHAI had its way. The road users’ complaints against the arbitrariness of collecting toll when highway upgradation work is still under way, had few takers. The recent heavy showers have revealed that waterlogging is not only the result of poor drainage but also roadblocks created by the upgradation work, road users allege.

An estimated 1.24 lakh passenger car units (PCU) move towards NH-7. Each time it rains, BIA-bound vehicles run into waterlogging at Minsk Square, where absence of proper drainage and ongoing Metro work turns the road in front of GPO into a huge pool. Thursday was no different.

Motorists ran into another rain-aggravated gridlock at Mehkri Circle flyover that night. The next bottleneck was at Sahakarnagar junction.

“Despite the wide roads after Hebbal flyover, the bottlenecks start from Sahakarnagar junction, where the ramp to the elevated expressway is being constructed. Construction is on at snail’s pace here. Adding to the woes,BWSSB has undertaken drainage work by the roadsides,” said D Nagabhushanam, secretary, Sahakarnagar Residents’ Welfare Association.

Thursday night’s bottlenecks were severe after Kogilu Cross up to the trumpet intersection.

“We had resisted toll collection on a road which is yet to be upgraded. Our protests were silenced by the government. The endless construction work has doubled vehicle maintenance cost, as tyres have to be changed every quarter,” Holla slammed the government.

NHAI officials, on the other hand, maintained absolute silence on the poor drainage and problems created by the ongoing upgradation work. “It’s being done on a ‘develop, build, finance, operate and transfer’ model and the concessionaire (Navayuga Engineering) is facing a fund crisis which is causing the delay,” was all they said.


It’s daylight robbery on NH-7 : the National Highways Authority of India is collecting toll for a road which is yet to be built. That the state government has allowed it is also surprising. Work on the expressway has been going on for months now, the highway is a mess, and so are the drains. For commuters, it must be galling to pay up and then get gridlocked. While all infrastructure projects do inconvenience the public, those responsible for the expressway should realize this is a premium road and go about their work in a more organized manner and ensure the drains and roads are in working condition. Ideally, they should have stuck to their deadline and wound up before the monsoon.

Commuters to pay toll

September 13, 2013

Mohsin Ali |


Commuters will have to face toll collection soon for travelling on the 35 km long Patancheru-Shamirpet Outer Ring Road, as the government has issued the orders in this regard.

The Hyderabad Growth Corridor Limited, (HGCL), a joint venture company of Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority, (HMDA) and Infrastructure Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (INCAP), have proposed to construct and supervise Toll Administrative Buildings (TAB), Traffic Control Centres (TCC) and toll canopies at the toll plazas along the Outer Ring Road.

The work, costing `142 crore, will be taken up with loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Under phase 2, PK Hospitality Services Ltd has finalised the contract for collecting the toll till March 2014. The contractor has to payback `26 crore per month to the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority.

HMDA officials told Postnoon that the HGCL has invited requests for proposals for providing consultancy services for construction and supervision of the buildings.

The project comprises construction of toll plaza administrative buildings, traffic control centres and subcentres and connected works. The construction will involve use of modern equipment and construction practices.

For the ORR phase 2 that runs for a length of 35.6 km with a diversion of about 3 km at Kandlakoya, toll collection would be introduced at six interchanges at Patancheru, Sultanpur, Dundigal, Kandlakoya,

Medchal and Shamirpet.

Toll collection has recently started on the Outer Ring Road phase 1 between Pedda Amberpet to Patancheru, which includes the junction of Pedda Amberpet, Bangulur, Raviryal, Tukkuguda, Pedda Golconda, Shamshabad, Rajendranagar, APPA Junction, Nanakramguda, Kokapet, Edulanagulapally and Patancheru. The tender process for phase 2 is expected to be complete towards the last week of the month.

The toll fee structure of `84 for car, jeep, van, `1.37 for mini-bus, `2.87 for bus, `3.13 for 3-axles and, `4.49 for 4, 5, 6, axle trucks and `5.48 for seven or more axle vehicles has been decided by the government.



Expert speak: Dharam Bir Gaba former Haryana minister

September 12, 2013

‘Why do we pay for mismanagement?’

Expert speak: Dharam Bir Gaba former Haryana minister

The Sirhaul and Kherki Daula toll plazas must go. They have failed to deliver on the promise of making the commute between Gurgaon and Delhi hassle-free. Instead, the expressway exposed motorists to daily traffic snarls.

The two toll plazas have become symbols of exploitation of the public. Why should we pay toll when we already pay road tax is the first and most important question that comes to my mind, given the mayhem unleashed on the expressway.

The next question: When will the city be freed of these shackles as the concessionaire has already earned substantial revenue.

The toll is sapping life out of the city and its residents. Has any part of the city not been affected by the tyranny of the toll plazas? I see none. All have been mauled under the dead weight of the toll plazas which was camouflaged as payment for superior services.

We are paying, not for better services but to make life more difficult. The service roads are narrow and poorly maintained, making them motorable only for heavy vehicles.

Most amenities promised by the expressway operator have fallen into disuse because of lack of proper upkeep.

We continue to pay for inferior services despite high inflation. Prices of all essential commodities have gone through the roof. The toll adds to graph as such commodities are transported by road.

How will the common man survive in such difficult times if people continue to pay for mismanagement?




Gurgaon: tags no smart solution for eway mess

September 12, 2013

Snehil Sinha, Hindustan Times

Smart tags and cards have been a puzzle for commuters since the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway was inaugurated. While many daily commuters claim that they are not even if smart tags are still in use, others complain the limited validity of recharge on smart cards makes its usage cumbersome.

“I have no information about a smart card being issued nowadays and have not even seen any of my friends, who regularly travel between Delhi and Gurgaon, using it. These cards have not been endorsed properly and it seems they don’t want us to use the cards at all”, said Vivek Kamboj, an environmentalist and a resident of Gurgaon.

 Interestingly, a high-level panel had recommended use of DMRC-like smart cards years ago, fearing inconvenience posed by renewal of tags.

After the Comptroller and Auditor General’s performance audit of the Gurgaon Expressway in 2008, a specially constituted panel of parliamentarians had taken up the issue.

It had recommended that the NHAI should have a mechanism to monitor the toll plazas with a view to prevent putting the users through unnecessary harassment by way of illegal and unscrupulous methods of toll collection. The committee’s report stated that it understood that the renewal of monthly tags, issued by the concessionaire, is inconvenient to the users.

The committee therefore recommended that these tags be converted into smart cards and can follow the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) smart cards pattern which is renewed after exhausting the amount.

According to information revealed by an RTI, the NHAI observed that when it came to concession for local traffic, there was a lapse of balance amount after its expiry within a month in various cases.

The NHAI further directed the concessionaire to take immediate steps so that no balanced amount lapsed from the card or tag issued to the local traffic from March 2010 onwards. An independent consultant later reported to the NHAI that the concessionaire could not be penalized for lapse in the balance amount, as the clause was not a part of the agreement.

The same consultant in 2011 had reviewed DGSCL’s annual report on the working of toll collecting system and suggested that lapse in balance of discount schemes needed to be reviewed.

After protests on the imposition of toll, the concessionaire introduced tags at discounted rate in 2008. This was later improvised to smart cards in 2012, which the DGSCL, after court directives, is now pushing for. However, the smart cards, though issued free of cost unlike the tags, still carry a validity expiry period of one month if not used adequately. Though the concessionaire told HT that there were cards for which there is no validity of recharge and the balance could be carried forward, but the cards had no discount rates.



Commuters see red as Delhi-Gurgaon expressway flouts HC line

September 9, 2013

Deevakar Anand and Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times  Gurgaon ,

As per a Punjab and Haryana high court order of September last, it is mandatory to raise the boom barriers at Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway once the traffic pile-up there goes beyond 400 metres.

To ensure this, the 400-metre mark has been painted red on the road on each side of the Sirhaul toll plaza.

This is one of several experiments initiated last year after the traffic situation went out of hands at the toll plaza.

Other experiments included making the toll plaza free for 15 days and creating extra toll booths in the form of split tolls.

  But, despite everything, the traffic bottlenecks at the toll plaza still continue to agonise commuters.

While the 15-day free period has long been over and the split tolls are working — these have proved to be somewhat of a damp squib — motorists often complain that despite court orders the boom barriers are not raised when the pile-up gets as long as 400 metres, an allegation denied by the toll operator and expressway concessionaire Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited (DGSCL).

“I have no clue if they ever raise the toll boom barriers as I have been stuck in queues which have extended the 400-metre mark,” said Karuna Singh, a regular commuter on the expressway, which is a part of National Highway-8.

A spokesperson of the Delhi-Gurgaon Super Connectivity Limited, however, said that the red line is very much there and whenever it is breached, the traffic police ensure that the boom barriers are raised and commuters get a free passage across the toll plaza.






“Our personnel are always on alert, especially during the peak morning and evening hours and they raise the boom barriers when the pile-up touches the red mark,” said Bharti Arora, deputy commissioner of police, traffic, Gurgaon.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court, in its order last year, had mandated the Gurgaon traffic cops stationed at the toll plaza to open the boom barriers if the congestion breached the 400-metre red mark.

“That doesn’t absolve the operator from its responsibility of ensuring a free passage when required,” said Amberdeep Singh, another regular commuter on the expressway.

Commuter speak

Toll staff inconsistent in lifting boom barriers: Sanjay Gupta, west Delhi resident
I have to drive down to Gurgaon from my west Delhi residence 2-3 times a week. It takes me about 45 minutes to reach Sirhaul toll plaza on the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway. However, quite a few times, it took me 30 to 40 minutes to cross the toll plaza, especially during the morning peak hours.

In the mornings, the traffic congestion is on the Delhi side and during the evening it is on the Gurgaon side, and you can witness the situation going out of control. You can’t do anything but helplessly wait for your ordeal to get over. The pile-ups, like on last Thursday, stretch for more than a kilometre.

I got stuck on the Rajokri flyover and had to drive continuously for about 40 minutes to be able to cross the toll. Since I use a smart tag to pay the toll, I couldn’t figure out if the expressway operator had raised the boom barriers as required once the traffic pile-up crosses the 400-metre mark.

There are two points I want to highlight here.

First, nobody knows who is responsible for implementing the court order of opening the toll barriers in case the pile-up crosses the 400-metre mark. The motorists who wait in the long queues cannot figure that out and they just want to come out of the hell somehow.

Second, it’s not just about the extra time that one loses waiting at the toll but the unpredictability of the jams makes it even more agonising.

One never knows what traffic situation he/she is going to face on reaching the toll plaza. I thank my stars sometimes when I get through the toll plaza within five minutes, but this never happens during the morning and evening rush hours.

E-way official version

DGSCL spokesperson
“In order to improve the traffic flow at the Sirhaul toll plaza, the Honb’le Punjab & Haryana high court had directed that a red line be drawn on the ground at a distance of 400 metres from the toll gates on either side.

Whenever the traffic was congested and exceeded the red line, the traffic police was directed to lift the boom barriers to ease the flow. We have followed the directives of the high court and the red line was painted on the ground in September.

Cameras have also been installed at that point so that the control room can see whenever the red line is breached and we open the boom barriers accordingly.

The Gurgaon traffic police are also present at the toll plaza and near the red lines. Whenever the length  of stationary traffic exceeds the red line, they lift the boom barriers to ensure that the traffic flow is eased.”










‘Prayer on our lips, craters below, we crawled’

August 26, 2013

Rumu Banerjee & Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN | Aug 24, 2013, 02.27 AM IST

NEW DELHI: About 69km from Delhi,Dharuhera is a tiny hamlet that is supposed to be a pit-stop at the most for those travelling from Delhi to Jaipur. However, with a 2km long jam at 8.30pm, Dharuhera is a nightmare. Stuck at one spot for 45 minutes, we wondered how long it would take us to reach Delhi on the patchwork of potholes that is NH-8. We were to discover it would be four hours!When we had left Delhi for Jaipur on a Monday morning, the brief was simple: get on NH-8 to Jaipur and see how long it takes. We expected some traffic, a few bottlenecks and a couple of diversions. The reality was starkly different and depressing. Diversions, under-construction flyovers, unfinished roads, deep craters in the middle of the carriageway and trucks parked on the side made NH-8 an obstacle course.When we set out at 7.30am, we had little idea it would be past midnight when we returned home. With a distance of about 252.7 km, Delhi to Jaipur is supposed to be a relatively short journey which once took around three-and-a-half to four hours. Four years after work was started on widening the highway to six lanes, it takes six to eight hours — one-way — on a good day. If you get stuck in the daily jam between Behror and Manesar, you get delayed even more.

We drove past DhaulaKuan and then the Gurgaon toll booth. The first congestion point was IFFCOChowk, where vehicles were caught in a snarl, made worse by the rain. By this time, it was already 9.30am and we were hoping to make it to Jaipurin the next four-five hours.It was not to be. Our ordeal started at Manesar, where the sudden proliferation of diversions because of the work on flyovers meant that roads became narrow, and extremely uneven. Most had rubble as well as big boulders. Our progress slowed down from 70kmph to less than 50kmph as two-wheelers, private vehicles and buses made their way through the partially constructed highway. The only silver lining: trucks were not on the road, leaving the space to buses and other traffic.At Behror, the local traffic ensured that we got virtually stalled as a lone traffic cop tried to sort out the mess. We reached Shahpura within the next hour where the road became smoother. We heaved a sigh of relief and decided to turn back since the roads had cleared out by now.

A nightmare awaited us at Paota, 173km from Delhi. A small town, it’s a halting point for private vehicles and trucks. Two flyovers are being constructed here, within 5km of each other. There are diversions but no signages. Vehicles have to be carefully manoeuvred around waterlogged potholes with deceptive depths. Slow moving vehicles hold up traffic even as shops and other commercial outlets come in the way. Ramavtar Singh, traffic-in-charge at Paota, says, “The village population has increased and the local traffic often spills over to the highway. On weekends, after 1.30pm, vehicles barely move along this stretch. Accidents are also common.”

Luckily for us, it was a Monday and we had crossed Paota before the trucks took over. With some luck, we managed to cross Kotputli in 20 minutes but the good feeling didn’t last long. Behror, located 133km from Delhi, was a killjoy. It is bigger than Paota and a midway point. Three consecutive flyovers – all under construction – have turned the stretch into an obstacle course.

The absence of a proper road for those on the way from Delhi to Jaipur to go to the midway means that all such vehicles – cars, buses, motorcycles and trucks – take a slip road below the flyover, that is an uneven stretch with large boulders, to go to the other side. They, obviously, then come in conflict with the traffic coming from the Jaipur side. Getting through this stretch took us more than half-an-hour. By this time, it was dark and we were praying for beating therush of trucks.

But trouble loomed ahead as we reached Neemrana – hundreds of trucks had taken over the road, several just parked on the wayside. The service lane seemed to be our only hope but it didn’t go all the way, forcing us back into the impregnable phalanx of trucks. The bustling industrial areas of Neemrana were, meanwhile, disgorging their own vehicles on to the road.

It was 7.30pm and Gurgaon was still 90km and two toll booths (Manesar and Gurgaon) away. The highway was illuminated only by the headlights of the vehicles and we had to constantly watch out for potholes and craters. At Asalwas, the lack of signages ensured that we almost missed a diversion, since only half the flyover had been completed and that too was closed. Now we were just weaving around trucks as if in a videogame.

At Dharuhera, things took a downward spiral. Many trucks were stuck, some having broken down along the way. The traffic just grew and grew with the Sohna road joining NH-8 at this point. Heavy waterlogging had only worsened the situation. Rooted to one spot for 45 minutes, we saw no hope. Our car, an Etios, swerved into a service lane when suddenly the SUV in front seemed to tilt very sharply. At the end of the lane was a massive crater. The SUV survived it and we simply prayed. Ten minutes and some gentle steering later, we had passed the test. Not yet. Over the next hour-and-half, Bilaspur and Manesar came back to haunt us.

By the time we reached the Manesar toll booth, it was 11pm and there was a long line of trucks and other vehicles. We spent 15 minutes here and were ready for more ahead. Miraculously, the traffic seemed to get better as we approached the Gurgaon toll booth. We reached Delhi at midnight.

STOP TAKING THIS TOLL-Business bypasses hotels as cars steer away from chaos

August 26, 2013

Rumu Banerjee & Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN |

Behror Midway Restaurant And Its Shopping Arcade Are No Longer A Bustling Halt For Travellers Even As Many Other Shops Down Shutters

BEHROR: As you drive into the Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation’s hotel in Behror, you find the entrance virtually deserted. A couple of cars are parked there, and a lone Volvo carrying passengers is waiting. It’s 6pm, time for most commuters travelling on the Delhi-Jaipur highway to stop for a cup of tea and snacks. At the RTDC restaurant though the tables are empty. “There was a time when buses had to park outside the hotel compound as the parking area would get filled. Now, we are lucky if we get more than 200 people in a day,” says Rajbir Singh, a member of the staff.

Once the main attraction of Behror town for travellers, the RTDC’s midway facility has become a casualty of the four-year long and haphazard construction work that has destroyed the Delhi-Jaipur highway. Located on one side of the carriageway (Jaipur-Delhi), the hotel now misses out on the traffic going from Delhi to Jaipur and barely manages to get some customers going in the other direction.

“The flyover is located right in front of the hotel, making it impossible for vehicles to come to this side of the road. There’s an underpass but that doesn’t connect with our hotel. The only way to reach us is to take a diversion that is located 2km away,” points out Atul Sethi, a shop owner who operates from the RTDC premises. But what has done the maximum damage to RTDC’s fortunes is the deplorable state of the road along the highway. “Most people don’t want to stop as the roads are so bad… everyone wants to rush through the traffic and leave the trucks behind,” rues Sethi.

With 22 rooms, the hotel was the ideal stopover before the highway reconstruction started, remembers Singh. “We used to do roaring business as all RTDC buses as well as private Volvos, besides the cars, stopped here. Now, we are left with only 10-15 per cent of that business,” says the head accountant. From a daily earning of Rs 2 lakh-2.5 lakh, it is down to a few thousands, complain RTDC staff.

Meanwhile, the shopping arcade at the RTDC midway – which used to be popular with tourists – is on the verge of closing down. “I have a lease on this shop till December after which I am leaving. There are few visitors and I’m not able to earn enough to pay the rent even,” adds Sethi. Other shop owners along the arcade nod as they recount similar tales. The lease rent of the arcade shops gives a glimpse of how popular this hotel used to be: the Rajasthan government had earlier fixed rents from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh, depending on the size of the shops. But with profits plummeting, the authorities claim the new rates will have to be reduced to 20 per cent of the original to keep it going. Other hotels along the highway have got similarly scarred. Rakesh

Yadav, manager at Highway King located in Shahpura, says, “Our business has gone down by 30-40 per cent. The poor road conditions, particularly during the rainy season, has prompted many travellers to switch to train or even flights,” says Yadav. The flip side, says Yadav, is that a number of small-time dhabas have come up along the highway. “But the big hotels have all taken a hit. Everyone is just hoping that the construction gets over fast,” he adds.

The virtually stalled road project has also ended job opportunities for the locals. Atul Kumar Singh, manager of a Reebok outlet near Shahpura, said initially they had six employees to run the showroom but now there were only four. “The company is contemplating shutting down this outlet if the profit margin does not go up,” said Singh. He remembers that earlier business was booming. “Many friends from my village got jobs at the shops that had opened up along the highway when business was good. Now all these shops are shutting down,” he added.

The damage to the highway has also dented the business of the buses running along the stretch. More than two dozen buses leave Bikaner House in Delhi daily for Jaipur. The bus operators say there are times when they have to leave with only 10-12 passengers. “It’s distressing to drive on these roads. Apart from getting stuck in traffic, we face problems like frequent damage to the suspension and other critical parts,” said one of the operators, who did not wish to be identified.

Property prices though are not affected, this stretch being a part of the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor. “The property rates in Shahpura have doubled. In the Neemrana industrial corridor, flats are being sold for as high as Rs 1.4 crore to Rs 2.5 crore. Buyers and investors have a long-term view,” said one of the builders.




Electronic Toll Collection to be Rolled Out on NHs Across Country by March Next Year

May 30, 2013

 The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways aims to rollout Electronic Toll Collection( ETC) across all the toll plazas on National Highways in the entire country by March 31, 2014.This was stated by Dr. CP Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways(MoRTH) in Delhi on march 5, 2013 while delivering the keynote address at a discussion organised on” India’s Highways-Next Gen Tolling and Corridor Management”

Electronic Toll Collection is a system enabling collection of toll payments electronically allowing for near-nonstop toll collection and traffic monitoring.ETC utilizes vehicles equipped with transponders(electronic tags),wireless communication, in-road/roadside sensors and a computerized system(hardware and software) for uniquely identifying each vehicle ,electronically collect toll, providing general vehicle/traffic monitoring and data collection.

Here is the text of Minister’s speech 

“ I am confident that the daylong discussions would have sparked off ideas that have the potential of revolutionizing Tolling and Corridor Management on Indian Highways.

“The mission of Government of India has been to make quality highway network across the country and make the system transparent and responsive.

“In our bid to do so / I am glad to share that by the end of this financial year we would complete construction of nearly 3000 kilometers of National highways, / which is a record till date.

“Along with constructing highways we are also re working our systems to sync with times. To make the system transparent / we first introduced e-tendering, / followed it with pilot project to Electronically collect Toll.

“Now we have a vision to mark national highway network on maps / making it compatible to mobile devices / and even have apps for highway network.

“I will elaborate a bit on our endeavor to implement RFID based Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system across National Highways.

“The RFID technology shall expedite the clearing of traffic at toll plazas / and the need of carrying cash shall also be eliminated when Toll plazas shall be duly integrated with each other throughout India.

“We started a Pilot Project on ETC last year in April at Parwanoo on NH-5. /

“The pilot is being carried successfully and concessionaires have been requested to work out necessary modalities with the ETC solution providers / and Banks for setting up of Central Clearing House (CCH).

“A few more stretches have also been selected for ETC implementation. They are Mumbai – Ahmedabad, Chennai- Bangalore and Gurgaon – Jaipur – Beawar.

“I would like to assert that by March 31, 2014 we aim to implement ETC across all the toll plazas on our National Highways.

“For implementation of nationwide electronic toll collection we have recently constituted / Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) / with equity partnership from NHAI (50%) Concessionaries (25%) and institutions (25%) .

“Government of India is also amending the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989 for fitment of RFID tag on vehicles by the automobile manufacturers.

“I am happy that Feedback Brista Highways OMT Pvt. Limited (FBH) has organized this special session to discuss the issues that affect user comfort at the Toll Plazas and how we can develop an effective and efficient mechanism at Toll Plazas on National Highways.

“Our endeavor will be to develop policies and systems for happy user experience on Indian Highways / through better safety measures / and / lower waiting time at the Toll Plazas.

“We will be happy to partner with the Government of Portugal to develop a mechanism for better cooperation and collaboration in this regard.”



India’s first electronic toll collection system launched on Ahmedabad-Mumbai Highway

April 15, 2013

By PTI | 12 Apr, 2013, 06.11PM IST


"C P Joshi dedicated to the nation today, the first interoperable RFID technology based Electronic Tolling System at Charoti Toll Plaza," an official said. (Pic by BCCL)
“C P Joshi dedicated to the nation today, the first interoperable RFID technology based Electronic Tolling System at Charoti Toll Plaza,” an official said. (Pic by BCCL)


MUMBAI: The country’s first interoperable RIFD-based electronic toll system was today rolled out on the Ahmedabad-Mumbai National Highway and the system would allow vehicles fitted with electronic tags to sail BSE -1.76 % through six toll plazas.

“ C P Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways dedicated to the nation today, the first interoperable Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) technology based Electronic Tolling System at Charoti Toll Plaza, Dahanu in Thane District, Maharashtra,” an official statement said.

The interoperable RIFD based system would allow vehicles to sail through six toll plazas, operated by three different road developers – Larsen and ToubroBSE 1.70 %(L&T), IRB InfrastructureBSE 1.14 % and NHAI, the statement said.

These include IRB toll plazas at Charoti, Bhagwada, Boriach and Choriyasi besides NHAI plaza at Narmada Bridge and L&T IDPL Plaza at Karjan, Vadodara, it added.

To make the toll collection process at the National Highways (NH) easier and more transparent, Joshi had announced to roll out RFID-based electronic toll collection across all the toll plazas on national highways through out the country by 2014.

The pilot project for this has already been launched on Chandigarh-Parwanoo on NH-5.

Electronic Toll Collection is a system enabling collection of toll payments electronically allowing for near-nonstop toll collection and traffic monitoring.

Under the system, a RFID chip-embedded sticker is put on the vehicles allowing deduction of money at toll plazas automatically.

Currently, vehicles plying on Indian highways have to pay cash at all the toll plazas to pass through.

The statement said RIFD tags will be available at the Kiosks located at all the Toll Plazas at Mumbai-Vadodara stretch besides would be available online at the ICICI BSE 0.90 %Bank’s website.

“It will work as a pre-paid toll account and there will be automatic toll deduction when the vehicle crossed Toll Plazas. The initial cost of the tag has been kept at Rs 150 and the minimum amount to be deposited for a car is Rs 200.


E-challan remains a pipe dream, devices not available

April 1, 2013

E-challan remains a pipe dream, devices not available

 NEW DELHI: After facing several technical shortcomings, the ambitious e-challan project of Delhi Police has now hit an administrative roadblock.
SAARTHAK AURORA/HT FILE1,200 hand-held devices for issuing e-challans are yet to be delivered by the vendor to the traffic police.

The result: the project — which was scheduled to be operational by March this year — has missed the deadline yet again.

During the annual press conference of Delhi Police in January this year, the traffic police had promised that e-challans would become partially operational in January and fully by March.

In January, the traffic police had initiated a trial by introducing some of the devices in Parliament Street area of Central Delhi. However, the gadgets developed a technical snag. Sources said the hand-held device, which was used to issue challans, encountered a problem while working in the sunlight.

According to sources, the vendor Airtel is not ready with 1200 e-challan devices and has sought more time for supplying the gadgets.

“We do not know when the project would successfully be implemented,” said Anil Shukla, additional commissioner of police (traffic).

‘’After the successful deployment of the pilot, we are determined to take all steps towards its successful implementation,’’ said a spokesperson of Airtel.

After running into several delays, the e-challan system had got the final nod of the state government in November. Following this, the traffic police were keen to formally launch the project by making 100 gadgets operational during the special drive against drunk driving on the eve of New Year in Central Delhi.

But the plan never materialised as the vendor was not ready with the devices.

As per the tender agreement, Airtel was to provide 1200 e-challan instruments to cover the entire city by March and also provide technical support for operating the instruments. With e-challan — an electronic format of the challan – becoming functional, there will be a record of all traffic violations against errant drivers and vehicles. This, the traffic police claims, will help initiate a new regime of better enforcement by having higher penalties for second and subsequent prosecutions and ensure point system for supervision and cancellation of driving licences.

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