Karnataka: Chaos at toll booths as FASTag rule kicks in | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Chaos prevailed on Tuesday at several toll plazas across the state after the Centre made FASTag mandatory from Monday night.
Vehicles without the radio frequency identification tag will have to pay twice the toll amount. At Nelamangala, many drivers without FASTag got into arguments with toll booth staff, causing a traffic pileup. Some motorists claimed they were not aware of the rule and had no money to pay the double charge. In Hoskote too, there were arguments between toll plaza staff and motorists.
Sudheer Chekuri, who could not reach the airport on time as his cab didn’t have FASTag, tweeted: “Missed my flight today @Bengaluru for a 30min delay due to the cash payment line at airport toll (sic).”
Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari had on Sunday said the deadline for implementation of FASTag won’t be extended. A senior NHAI official said 80% of four-wheelers in Karnataka have obtained it. “Around 10% don’t want to follow rules so they are not buying it and the remaining are not taking vehicles to toll booths. We’re planning to send details of the vehicle owners who created problems at toll plazas to the transport department to take action. We’ve also sought additional police security at all toll booths,” he said.
Rajendra Kamath, a motorist, tweeted: “Please levy heavy fines for vehicles without #Fastag entering the lane and causing delays. Multiple violations observed at toll booths around Bengaluru (sic).”
Some motorists pointed out that FASTag is still not mandatory on the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) toll plaza which is causing congestion. A NICE spokesperson said: “We are still waiting for the endorsement from state PWD so that we can enable the FASTag facility. We are pursuing the matter with the government”.
However, PWD, which has been trying to regulate the toll fee at NICE, fears that any such endorsement for toll collection will backfire since the matter is pending before the court. Officials said motorists can contact toll free number 1033 for details related to FASTag.
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