The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology based FASTags that enables the goods carriers to cross the toll gates instead of stopping each time and paying the toll has eased the movement of goods in the country, this technology will be extended to all the states in the coming time, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said.
The Minister was speaking at INFOCOM2017, organized by ABP Group and Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME) in New Delhi over the weekend.
Gadkari said that e-tolling that was introduced by his Ministry last year has helped ease the movement of goods along roadways in the country. The trucks that have the FASTags do not have to stand in queues for paying the toll, the toll charge gets automatically through the tech based tag. This has helped ease congestion and buy time.
The Minister further spoke about the possibility of using the 2 lakh kilometres belt of highway for laying optic fibre as well as oil and gas pipelines.
Highlighting the importance of technology he said that for optimum utilization of resources, tech based methodologies need to be incorporated.
Stakeholders from various IT industries, along with representatives from FISME were present at the event.