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  • 30 November, 2019

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FASTag deadline extended

Syllabus subtopic: Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.

News: The government on Friday extended till December 15 the deadline for making FASTag mandatory for toll payments on national highways.

Prelims and Mains focus: about FASTag and its advantages, about NHAI


  • Earlier, all lanes, except one on each side, at all NHAI toll plazas were to be declared as dedicated FASTag lanes from December 1.

  • The National Highways Authority of India, in a statement, said many citizens had not enabled their vehicles with FASTags due to which the decision was deferred till December 15.

  • It was earlier decided that any motorist entering the dedicated FASTag lane without the tag would be charged double the toll fee from December 1, but the NHAI made it clear that the “charging of double fee will start from December 15”.

About NHAI

  • NHAI is an autonomous agency of the Union Government, responsible for management of a network of over 70,000 km of national highways in India.

  • It was established through National Highways Authority of India Act, 1988.

  • In February 1995, it was formally made an autonomous body.

  • It is a nodal agency of the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.

  • It is responsible for the development, management, operation and maintenance of National Highways.

Source: The Hindu

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