NHAI puts GPS-based tolling on fast-track, invite bids for consultant

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NEW DELHI: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has fast-tracked the plan to launch the GPS-based tolling with one of its subsidiaries floating a tender to engage a technical consultant to prepare the roadmap. The consultant will also suggest the need for changes in laws to implement the system, which aims at doing away with the toll gates across the NH network.
Last December, Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari had said NHs would be toll plaza free in the next two years. Last month, NHAI chairman S S Sandhu has also announced that the technology will be deployed on some NH stretches as pilot in the next one year.
According to the bid document floated by IHMCL, the successful consultant will have to study reports on existing electronic toll collection in India and how the FASTag can be complemented with proposed global navigation satellite system (GNSS) based tolling. It will also come out with details on what would be needed to adapt a GNSS enabled distance based tolling system, which both NHAI and the private toll operators would require to put for implementation.
Moreover, the consultant will be required to come out with the details of infrastructure needed at the end of vehicles and to suggest provision for enforcement such as penal levies.

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