To facilitate seamless and efficient entry process for vehicles entering into the forest area, Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMCL) a company incorporated by NHAI to carry out Electronic Tolling, inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve spread across the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The initiative aims to provide FASTag based payment system at Forest entry points and will extend the benefit of collection of Ecosystem Management Coordination (EMC) fee via FASTag at various entrance points of the Tiger reserve.
The FASTag system employs Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to enable automatic toll payments at toll plazas and affixation of FASTag on all 4-wheelers & above vehicles have been mandated across India. By enabling FASTag – based payments at forest entry points, visitors can avoid long queues and delays, allowing them to savor the natural beauty and wildlife of these areas without any hassles.
This partnership between IHMCL and the Forest Department is a significant step towards promoting sustainable tourism and preserving natural resources by curbing vehicular emissions at the forest entry points.
What is FASTag
The face of the Indian economy is undergoing fast and exciting changes. With digital transformation taking over, our lives have become more convenient and efficient, and mundane jobs have become less taxing.
Remember when standing in long queues was a taxing task? Or when you had to go from store to store to buy just a few things? Well, digitisation across sectors has reduced this human effort by a significant margin, making everyday chores easy, quick and convenient. And this advancement is now being taken from your home onto the roads.
In keeping with the changes, the FASTag technology has been implemented at national highways across the country at approximately 615 toll plazas. The government is keen to implement a cashless model wherein 100% of the toll is collected through FASTag. To further this objective, it has made it mandatory for all vehicles to have a FASTag from 16th February, 2021, without which, you will need to pay double the amount.