New Delhi: Come 2012 and there will be no queues on the toll plazas of all the national highways across the country as the Central Government is planning to introduce radio frequency identification (RFID) tags by next year. The tag promises to reduce travelling time.

According to sources, government has approved the RFID technique on the recommendation of Nandan Nilekani, Chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).  An execution committee headed by YK Sharma is checking the standardization and production practices of the electronic components to be used in RFID tags.

A workshop will also be held in this regard on Tuesday in which technical experts and representatives of national and international companies will be in attendance.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, CP Joshi, Minister of State for Communications, Jitin Prasada and Nilekani among others are expected to address the workshop.

Details of data transfer will be discussed between RFID receiver (tag reader) and Trans receiver, Trans receiver and server and a discussion will also be held on the technique’s nature and capability.

Besides, expansion possibilities, practicalities and cost of the techniques will also be discussed in detail in the workshop.

Electronic Toll Collection plan was proposed by Nilekani Committee during the tenure of Kamal Nath as the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister. The government soon announced the formation of a committee to be headed by Nilekani. The committee has recently submitted its report to the government.  “RFID technique is best for Indian roads,” the report suggest adding the technology is most economical and practical.

The proposed tags to be used in the cars will cost RS 100 while the reader used at toll plaza costs Rs 200,000.

Nilekani Committee has proposed prepaid cards, which is similar to prepaid phone cards for toll collection under which the owner of the car can get the card recharge anytime. The tag number of car will be the cars’ account number. Whenever the car passes any toll plaza, the amount will be deducted automatically.

 

(JPN\Bureau)