Now, govt buses need not to stop at toll plazas. Chandigarh –The government-run buses will no more halt at the toll plazas on the national highways as the Punjab Transport Department has entered into an agreement with two private banks, HDFC and Axis, for the electronic payment, FASTag at toll plazas. With this new system, not only the bus travel time will be saved but also the Transport Department will save more than Rs 8 lakh every month in the form of cash back and rebate.Directions have been issued to the General Managers of Punjab Roadways and PUNBUS of all its 18 bus depots as the new system will become operative before the second week of January. There are 10 toll plazas on the national highways across Punjab. Often buses have to wait due to long queues which lead to wastage of time and fuel and the passengers get disturbed due to the delay. At the same time, due to long wait in queues at toll plazas, vehicles also cause damage to the environment due to the smoke. Considering all these factors, the Transport Department has taken the decision to go in for FASTagging. In order to avoid any problems, the Director, Transport, Bhupinder Singh has held meetings with the General Managers.According to information, the Transport Department of Punjab has to pay about RS 50 lakh as toll tax on national toll plazas in a month. With the new system, a FASTag sticker will be fixed on the front windscreen. With this tag the buses will cross the toll plazas through a separate line, while the amount of the toll tax will automatically be deducted from the account of the Transport Department in these two banks. The Transport Department will also get the benefit of cashback of 10 per cent on toll using FASTag and 7.5 percent as rebate.
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