On Sunday, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed that the deadline for implementing FASTag, which facilitates digital fee payment at toll plazas, will not be extended. Gadkari was responding to a query raised at Nagpur Airport.
He added that the deadline has been extended 2-3 times before and would be extended no further. Introduced in 2016, the e-payment facility ensures that vehicles can pass easily through toll plazas as the payments shall occur electronically.
FASTag would be mandatory from February 15th midnight across the country despite criticisms.
"Government declares FASTag mandatory w.e.f midnight of 15th/16th February 2021 Any vehicle not fitted with FASTag or without valid, functional FASTag entering into FASTag lane, shall pay a fee equivalent to two times of fee applicable to that category," the government clarified in a statement today.