FASTag-Based Payment System Implemented at Forest Entry Points by NHAI
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has recently implemented a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the authorities of Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve to streamline the entry process for vehicles into the forest area. The MoU allows for the implementation of a FASTag-based payment system at forest entry points.
Significance of this Development:
The initiative will facilitate the collection of the Ecosystem Management Coordination (EMC) fee via FASTag at various entrance points of the Tiger reserve, providing a seamless and efficient entry process for vehicles. The FASTag system utilizes RFID technology to facilitate automatic toll payments at toll plazas, making it mandatory for all four-wheelers and heavier vehicles across India.
Implementation of FASTag-based payments at forest entry points will help visitors avoid queues and delays, promoting sustainable tourism while protecting natural resources by reducing vehicular emissions at forest entry points. The partnership between the Indian Highways Management Company Limited (IHMC) of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the forest department marks a significant milestone in the efforts to promote sustainable tourism and reduce the environmental impact of vehicular emissions.
Streamlining the Entry Process:
The MoU signed by the NHAI and the forest department will help streamline the entry process into the forest area. Visitors will be able to make payments for the EMC fee seamlessly and efficiently via the FASTag system. The initiative will also reduce waiting times and queues at forest entry points, making the entry process smoother and hassle-free for visitors.
Protecting Natural Resources:
Reducing vehicular emissions at forest entry points is a crucial step in protecting natural resources. The MoU between the NHAI and the forest department aims to promote sustainable tourism while protecting the environment. By implementing a FASTag-based payment system at forest entry points, the initiative will reduce the environmental impact of vehicular emissions, making it a significant step towards a cleaner and greener future.
The MoU between the NHAI and the forest department is a significant milestone in promoting sustainable tourism while protecting natural resources. The implementation of a FASTag-based payment system at forest entry points will streamline the entry process, reduce waiting times and queues, and reduce the environmental impact of vehicular emissions. This initiative is a step in the right direction towards a cleaner and greener future, ensuring that our natural resources are protected for generations to come.