The long queues at Toll Gates along stretches of Indian Highways are a regular experience to motorists.
Not only time is lost at the Toll gates, but the fuel efficiency of the vehicles also comes down. In the last couple of years, NHAI has explored the idea of electronic toll collection.
Dr.C P Joshi, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways(MoRTH) while delivering the keynote address at a discussion organized on” India’s Highways-Next Gen Tolling and Corridor Management” Electronic Toll Collection stated that ECT will be rolled Out on NHS across Country by March 2014.
In March 2011 Government of India, constituted an Apex Committee to develop strategy, process design, operational methodology, finalization of standards for various components of ETC system, evolve an institutional framework for implementation and operation of ETC Systems.
In June 2011, the first in a series of workshop on ‘Nationwide Electronic Toll Collection’ was Held.
In September 2011, ‘Report of Apex committee for implementation of Electronic Toll Collection (ETC)’, was released
In April 2012, country’s first electronic toll collection (ETC) system was inaugurated at Chandimandir in Haryana this Thursday.
Under the radio frequency identification (RFID) scheme, the road, transport and highways ministry has introduced the ETC system on the newly-opened Zirakpur-Parwanoo section of NH-5 to begin with.
The success of the same, prompted Government to in June 2012, to release an EOI for ‘Short listing of Agencies for Implementation of Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System on National Highways in India’. The Government of India decided to adopt RFID based on ISO 18000-6C Standards.
One of the main advantages for India is that there are no legacy systems. The existing toll collections procedures were mainly manual; hence rollout of ECT is a bit simple, as no migration from existing systems is involved.
The main challenge was in setting up the Central Clearing House. ICICI Bank was chosen as the pilot Bank to set up the CCH.
What is ECT?
In simple terms, Electronic Toll Collection (ECT) 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.
Suggestions’ to NHAI on toll collection can be given here.
- Government to implement electronic toll collection system across all National Highways by 2014 (nextbigwhat.com)
- All National Highways to get RFID Electronic Toll Collection by March 2014 (trak.in)
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