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Blog| No more waiting at toll plazas; courtesy: Nitin Gadkari

Nitin Gadkari announced plans to ease toll collection on national highways by bringing in electronic toll collection (ETC) mechanism at all toll plazas.
Nitin Gadkari (Photo source: Abhishek Thakare)

Nitin Gadkari is an Indian politician and the current Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shipping and Water Resources in the Government of India. Gadkari has also earlier served as the President of the BJP from 2010-2013.

Recently in an interview, he mentioned that the government has announced its plans to ease toll collection on national highways by bringing in electronic toll collection (ETC) mechanism at all toll plazas starting this December 2018.

To ease toll collection on national highways across the country, all the vehicles coming on road would have a FASTag? on it. As good as 3,500 lanes on national highways would be made FASTag ready in coming two months.

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Some highways have already started the implementation and phase wise rollout is going as planned. Gadkari while stressing on the same, said that this is just one amongst many digitisation and cash-less initiatives of the government.

How this system works ?

Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system in India uses passive Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID).

  1. RFID tag called FASTag is mounted on the vehicles windscreen.
  2. As the vehicle reaches the toll plaza, roadside RFID reader reads the tag.
  3. This unique number is sent to a central computer.
  4. Applicable toll amount is deducted from a prepaid account that is linked to that particular FASTag.

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This initiative is promised to greatly enhance user experience and enable fuel saving worth Rs 86,000 crore. I am really excited and looking forward to this move by the government as this might ease our traffic woes at the toll plaza and as per promise, save fuel too. But, I wonder if in a nation like India, with so many cars, highways and population, is this even logistically possible. While I remain hopeful yet skeptical at the same time, do let me know what you think of this announcement.

Priyanka Dalmia Acharya is a freelance writer and a blogger, who’s also in the process of writing a book. Shes also an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction books. 

(The opinions and views expressed in the blog are solely of the individual and not of the publication.)

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RMBRCN celebrates Charter Presentation & Installation, Rina Sinha becomes Charter President

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The Rotary Means Business chapter of Rotary Club Of Nagpur (RMBRCN) celebrated their Charter Presentation and Installation of Board on September 17, 2023 in a crisp official ceremony at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur.

Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them and by referring others to them.

Charter President Past President Rtn Rina Sinha presided over the ceremony. Renowned entrepreneur and Rotarian Aspi Bapuna, Chairman of Bapuna Group, was the Chief Guest and  Rtn Namita Sharma, President of RCN, was the Guest of Honour.

The Board of Directors of RMBRCN include Rtn Navneet Jain, Vice President, Rtn Mohammed Master, Honorary Secretary, Rtn Sanjay Aggarwal Treasurer, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia Director Chapter Service, Rtn Rahul Shrivastava, Director Vocational Service, Dr Ruchi Choudhry, Director Membership Development, Ranjana Duseja, Director Attendance.

Past Rotary District Governor (PDG) Shabbir Shakir, Past Presidents- Bharat Goenka , Khushnoor Chugh, Sanjiv Chugh, Akhtar Parvez, Tejinder Singh Rawal, Alok Goenka,  Jerestine Watchmaker, Sandeep Dhodapkar, Sanjay Arora, President RMB Nagpur, and Behram Patel and Amitabh Sinha were present.

President Rina Sinha informed that within a short period of its formation already 48 members representing various businesses  have joined the chapter and the numbers are increasing . The Chapter has already crossed 5 crores of business amongst their members and RMB will further strengthen Rotary in membership growth and retention .

Chief Guest Rtn Aspi Bapuna lauded the chapter’s success and reiterated that its comfortable and safe to do business among fellow rotarians as all follow the Four Way Test of Rotary. Jerestine introduced President Rina. Aspi Bapuna  presented the charter and installed President Rina Sinha . Rtn Namita congratulated the RMB chapter and informed that this is the new initiative at RCN.The Board was installed by Rina Sinha and all members were installed by the Past Presidents. An exclusive digital Monthly Magazine ‘Growth Engine’ was launched by Editor Niharika Chugh Vali.

 Navneet Jain and Rahul Choudhry conducted the referral and thank you session where enthusiastic members informed about their successful business details. Nishchay Sinha launched the social media and MYRMB app which connects members to other chapters digitally, Treasurer Sanjay Agarwal gave treasurers report, Rtn Rakhi Bhatia managed the event. Rtn Parag Datey and Niharika were the Masters of Ceremony (MOCs). Secretary Mohammed Master proposed the formal Vote of Thanks .

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Nitin Gadkari inaugurates double-decker electric bus availed for senior citizens in Nagpur

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Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari, on Saturday, inaugurated the double-decker electric bus designed for senior citizens in Nagpur. The initiative has been undertaken in association with Ashok Leyland’s CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Committee and Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan.

Executive President of Jyeshtha Nagarik Pratishthan Datta Meghe, Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Limited Yash Sachar, CEO of Switch Mobility Mahesh Babu, and other dignitaries were present during the inauguration.

“I am very thankful to Ashok Leyland’s electric vehicle arm ‘Switch Mobility’ for donating an electric bus for our senior citizens. The bus can hold a capacity of 65 people and will benefit a lot to disabled and senior citizens,” Gadkari said.

“We already have a green Electra bus available to us for the past five to six years. Krishna Reddy has taken the responsibility of repairing and providing air-conditioning to the bus, moreover, he is providing us with one additional bus. A Tata Motor bus will be arriving this month as well, giving us a total of four buses to operate. This will solve the issue of waiting list due to the lack of buses for senior citizens in the city.” he added.

With the help of these buses, senior citizens can avail the benefit of free trips to religious places like Ambhora, Adasa, Shegaon, Mahur, Dhapewada, and Kalamb.

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Nagpur: Married man accused of girlfriend’s rape commits suicide on Facebook live

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A 38-year-old married man named Manish alias Raj Yadav, on Sunday, committed suicide during a Facebook live-stream after allegedly being accused of rape by his girlfriend and her family in Nagpur.

During the live stream, Manish, who was married and a father to three children, stated that his 19-year-old girlfriend, Kajal, along with her family members demanded a sum of five lakh rupees and threatened to press charges of rape if he failed to do so.

On September 6, the situation became grave as the woman’s family accused him of eloping after Kajal went missing from her residence.

The deceased refused the claims of having any sexual relationship with the woman and identified her, her family, and a photo studio operator responsible for his condition. He, then, jumped into the river.

After the live video surfaced online, Kalamna Police launched a search operation and recovered the deceased’s body from the river. Four people have been detained in the case for questioning. Further investigation is underway.

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