Automated toll tax system for Mumbai

Automated toll tax system for Mumbai
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First Published: Tue, Sep 04 2007. 05 45 PM IST
PTI
New Delhi: Infrared and Global positioning system may soon be the answer to traffic woes that have gripped the city of Mumbai for decades now. Citizens also hope that it would help reduce congestion and pollution levels.
Taking a cue from London, which has put in place Congestion Charging Project, the Mahrashtra Government is exploring the feasibility of reducing traffic on thoroughfares of its capital city, by introducing a mechanism of automatic toll tax collection.
IT company Mastek, has been commissioned to evolve a toll system that would make it mandatory for motorists to pay a premium for using the road infrastructure during busy times.
Under the system whose technology is used widely in US and Western Europe, drivers would have to pay by making an electronic transaction through a vehicle road communication based on infrared and Global Positioning System.
“Money would be deducted automatically from the reader or card similar to a prepaid SIM card mounted on the vehicle as it crosses the transponder fixed on the road,” says Dinesh Maheshwary, Chief Capability Officer, Mastek.
The automatic toll collection system, hopes to encourage people to use other forms of transport like trams and car pools and thus reduce congestion and pollution on Mumbai’s roads.
“This is the first step. It will make certain heavy traffic routes smoother if we charge a levy on certain elevated roads. It may also discourage additional car trips,” says Sanjay Ubale, Secretary, Special Projects, Maharashtra.
“We are proposing an automated toll collection system based on the usage of vehicles,” says Maheshwary.
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First Published: Tue, Sep 04 2007. 05 45 PM IST