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Govt expedites shift to 100% electronic toll collection

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is speeding up the process of complete transition to electronic toll collection (ETC) as it prepares to rationalize toll rates as a part of the new toll policy. The National Highways Authority of India is working on the proposed policy. Currently, the focus is on 100% ETC via FASTags. FASTag is expected to reduce congestion in toll traffic and reduce fuel consumption, thereby reducing pollution. It also allows direct cashless transactions, making toll collection transparent and helping to stop loss of income.

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