The daily toll collection in the country via NETC FASTags has reached 98 percent of pre-lockdown levels, data reviewed by CNBC-TV18 shows. The daily toll collection through NETC FASTags under National Electronic Toll Collection programme has reached Rs 65.08 crore at 697 active toll plazas of the country as of September 4 as against a figure of Rs 66.62 crore in the pre-lockdown period, data reviewed showed.
This includes toll collection at national highways, highways under state governments, and the transport ministry.
The government rolled out an electronic toll collection mechanism in Nov 2019 whereby a FASTag uses Radio Frequency Identification Technology for automatic deduction of toll fee as the vehicle crosses a toll plaza.
The latest toll collection figures also show an interesting phenomenon in personal and commercial vehicle space. The share of personal vehicles in the number of FASTag transactions has increased to 41 percent on September 4 from 38 percent in the pre-lockdown phase while the share of commercial vehicles has declined to 59 percent from 62 percent earlier.
The total number of FASTag transactions on September 4 stood at 36.86 lakh as compared to 38.33 lakh in the period before lockdown.
In terms of the toll collected from personal and commercial vehicles, the share of personal vehicles has also increased to 12 percent from 11 percent in the pre-lockdown period. Simultaneously, the share of commercial vehicles has declined to 88 percent from 89 percent earlier.
It is important to note that the daily toll collection via FASTags started with Rs 23 crore in Nov 2019, improving to Rs 50 crore in Dec 2019, and crossed the Rs 60-crore figure in 2020.
"We are hopeful of reaching the pre-lockdown levels in the days to come," a senior official said.