New Delhi: The government will roll out the option of cash recharge for FASTags to accelerate its adoption, as penetration of electronic toll collection (ETC) has been stagnating after a steep rise in toll collection via FASTags since December 15.

Over 40% traffic is being registered in hybrid lanes at toll plazas meant for both cash and electronic collection, nearly a month after government mandated use of FASTags in at least 75% of toll lanes at plazas across national highways.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been mandated the task of implementing the ETC infrastructure to reduce congestion at toll plazas. Come January 15, only one hybrid lane in each direction will be allowed at toll plazas in the country.

“Right now, country wide toll collection via FASTags is still at around 60%,” said an official in the know. “While we saw a rampant increase in the first three weeks, the growth is stagnating now,” the official said.

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“There are some toll plazas where the traffic flow is very less, so people are using the hybrid lane instead of FASTag ones,” another official said.





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