New Delhi, FEB 14 2021|| News Desk

There has been a slow traffic movement on the Yamuna Expressway which has rather created a bottleneck starting from Jevar Toll Plaza. This is in spite of The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) implementing the FASTag with effect from 01 January this year. There are five Main Toll Plaza on Yamuna Expressway.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has made it mandatory for all vehicles to use FASTag at toll plazas from 1 January 2021. Considering the benefits of FASTag, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) announced that FASTag will become mandatory for all vehicles from 1 January 2021 onwards.

However, considering the fact that many are yet to buy a FASTag and are making cash payments at toll plazas, the ministry has now decided to extend the deadline till 15 February 2021. This means that all vehicle owners will now have time till 15 February to get a FASTag affixed. By when will FASTag be actually be implemented still remains a confusion.

According to reports, the FASTag system will start on Yamuna Expressway around February 15. The preparations to implement the system has already been started. However, Speaking to the authorities of Yamuna Express Highway, still, there is not a clear understanding as to when the FASTag will be implemented. According to them, it might take another two months or so. This means it will lead to major chaos on the Yamuna Express Highway.

Yamuna Expressway or Taj Expressway is a 6-lane (extendable to 8 lanes), 165 km long, access-controlled expressway, connecting Greater Noida with Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of India’s longest six-lane controlled-access expressway stretches. The total project cost was ₹128.39 billion (US$1.8 billion). The project was started to decongest the older Delhi-Agra national highway (NH-2) or Mathura Road which is already over-congested. The expressway project was inaugurated on 9 August 2012 by the then Chief Minister of UP Akhilesh Yadav.

The Yamuna Expressway starts from Pari Chowk in Greater Noida and ends at Kuberpur, Agra on NH-2 towards Kanpur. In addition, a total of 13 service roads of about 168 km have been built for local commuters to access the expressway. Yamuna Expressway will be connected with Eastern Peripheral Expressway via an interchange which is being built near Jaganpura –Afzalpur village at Yamuna Expressway in Gautam Budh Nagar district.

Around 40,000 vehicles pass through the Yamuna Expressway on a daily basis. These include both light and heavy vehicles. Due to the absence of an electronic toll collection system, commuters often face long queues at the toll gates.

FASTag is a prepaid tag that enables automatic deduction of toll charges and lets the vehicle pass through the toll plaza without stopping for the cash transaction. It allows for direct payment of fee from the prepaid or savings account linked to it and enables vehicles to drive through without stopping for transactions.

In order to discourage cash transactions at toll plazas, all lanes barring one on each side have been made dedicated FASTag lanes. Vehicles without FASTag are being fined double the normal toll fee if they enter these lanes. Currently, the share of transactions by FASTag is hovering around 75-80%.

The government has also made FASTag mandatory while getting a new third party insurance, applicable with effect from April 1, 2021.


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