MADURAI: There is no proposal to extend the deadline for the 100% implementation of the FASTag system for user fee collection at toll plazas on national highways, Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari has stated.
He said this in a written response on Thursday to unstarred questions by MPs Dhanush M Kumar (Tenkasi), Gautham Sigamani Pon (Kallakurichi), C N Annadurai (Tiruvannamalai), G Selvam (Kancheepuram) and Gajanan Kirtikar (Mumbai north west).
The minister stated that FASTag penetration pan India has reached 73.36% in December 2020 against 44.31% in December 2019. Monthly fee collection through FASTag in December 2020 is Rs 2,088.26 crore, he added.
In Tamil Nadu, a total of 18,64,115 FASTags have been issued as per the vehicle registration number till January 12. Gadkari said that waiting time in FASTag lanes has significantly reduced and that it will further improve as the system gets more operationalised.
In a written response to another set of questions raised by Virudhunagar MP Manickam Tagore B, Gadkari stated that eight stretches of the national highways falling under the jurisdiction of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in Tamil Nadu that were damaged by the recent rains will be repaired at a cost of approximately Rs 9.75 crore.
The minister also stated that 19 national highway stretches that were damaged by the rains have been identified in Tamil Nadu and that repair and rectification works have been undertaken.