Pay double toll if you don’t have FASTag from today: Nitin Gadkari | Nagpur News – Times of IndiaFebruary 15, 2021 0 By Expert News
NAGPUR: Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari has refused to extend the deadline for vehicles to get a FASTag, and made it clear that those without the tag would have to pay twice the normal toll from Monday.
Talking to the media here, Gadkari said, “We have given three extensions for FASTags but now vehicle owners should get it. It is necessary to increase the speed of traffic on highways. Between 80% to 90% toll plazas on highways have FASTag systems and the remaining ones will get it soon.”
The minister also urged all vehicle owners to switch to CNG. “One litre CNG costs just over Rs50 and is far cheaper than petrol and diesel. I inaugurated the country’s first CNG tractor on Saturday. A farmer can save between Rs1-1.5 lakh per year if he switches over to CNG. Those using tractors for commercial purpose can save Rs3 lakh per year,” he said.
Gadkari said he aims to convert to CNG all vehicles in six districts of east Vidarbha within next five years. “The first step in this direction has already been taken. A CNG filling station has been opened in Kamptee. First we will convert tractors, city buses, state transport buses and then autorickshaws to CNG,” he added.
The minister has asked the mayor, municipal commissioner and other officers and office bearers of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to convert their vehicles to CNG.
In the evening, Gadkari inaugurated the second Khapri railway overbridge (ROB). He also performed the bhoomipuja of cement roads from Khapri ROB to Manish Nagar railway crossing, from Khapri ROB to Rahate Colony, and from Gandhisagar T-point to Ashok Square. All these works will be done by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Home minister Anil Deshmukh, who participated in the function through video conferencing, urged Gadkari to start work on four laning of Nagpur-Katol Road as soon as possible. He said that maximum number of accidents take place on Nagpur-Kalmeshwar Road. The minister also urged Gadkari to start broad gauge metro soon as state government had cleared it.
Gadkari told Deshmukh that NHAI was awaiting signature of the state forest minister on a file. “Please ask him to sign it and I will immediately issue the work order. We will hold a grand bhoomipuja function in Katol,” he said.
The central minister assured Deshmukh of starting BG Metro between Nagpur and Betul via Katol and Narkhed very soon.