Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has surpassed its target for the construction of national highways in the country till the past weekend. From April to August this year, 3,181 km of national highway length was constructed against the target of 2,771 km for this period. This includes 2,104 km by state public works departments (PWDs), 879 km by the National Highways Authority of India NHAI, and 198 km by National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corp. Ltd (NHIDCL).
Further, 3,300 km length of national highway work has been awarded this year till August, which is more than double the 1,367 km during the same period last year. This includes 2,167 km of national highways by PWDs, 793 km by NHAI and 341 km by NHIDCL.
Sanctions were issued for the construction of 2,983 km of national highways all over the country during this period. This includes 1,265 km by PWDs, 1,183 km by NHAI and 535 km by NHIDCL.
Promotion of Electronic Payment of Fees Through FASTag
MoRTH has also notified draft notification GSR 541 (E) on September 1 to seek comments and suggestions from stakeholders on making FASTag mandatory for old vehicles sold before December 1, 2017. The amended provision in CMVR, 1989, is proposed to be put in force from January 2021.
Further, it is proposed to make having a valid FASTag mandatory while getting new third party insurance through an amendment in Form-51 (certificate of insurance), wherein the details of FASTag ID shall be captured. This is proposed to be put in force from April 1.
As per Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, FASTag had been made mandatory since 2017 for registration of new four-wheeled Vehicles and is to be supplied by the vehicle manufacturer or their dealers. It had further been mandated that the renewal of fitness certificate will be done only after the fitment of FASTag for transport vehicles. For national permit vehicles, the fitment of FASTag has been mandated since October 1, 2019.