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Automated toll collection now

Sujay Mehdudia

The toll plazas are being shaped in such a way as to turn back all those vehicles that are not destined for Delhi thereby preventing large-scale pollution, misuse of roads and heavy congestion Nine more to be put online by end of June

NEW DELHI: : Delhi is going hi-tech. An automated toll plaza concept combined with the Intelligent Transport System that would not only scan, identify and turn back the entry of vehicles not destined for Delhi but also help in preventing entry of unwanted contraband goods, including arms and ammunition into the Capital is being put in place. The first such unit has been made operational at the Badarpur border and nine others would be put online by the end of June this year.

The Municipal Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta, has written to the Police Commissioner, K. K. Paul, identifying 10 points through which entry of heavy commercial vehicles would be allowed into the Capital instead of the present 47 points to ensure better traffic management and security. Interestingly, the newly installed system has the capacity to not only identify the kind of vehicles coming into Delhi but also detect the type of goods that are coming into the Capital. The 10 entry points are Singhu border, New Mandoli border, Apasara border, Ghazipur border, Kalindi Kunj border, Badapur border, Aya Nagar border, Tikri border, Kapashera border and Rajokri border.

The integrated toll collection system has the facility of automatic weighment that would be installed to check over-loading of vehicles and fine them for over-loading. The system also has the facility of installing X-ray machines to check the presence of contraband goods, if required. The class of vehicles that are entering Delhi could be checked through the Dynax Treadle sensors embedded at the entry points under the road surface. Video cameras are also installed to check the type of vehicles entering the toll plazas and the best part is the entire data can be transferred to any destination through the network technology.

Interestingly, under the directions of the Supreme Court, the toll plazas are being shaped in such a way as to turn back all those vehicles that are not destined for Delhi thereby preventing large-scale air pollution, misuse of roads and heavy congestion on the city roads. "This is a very advanced system that would not only help in better toll collection but would also help the police and sales tax authorities to keep a close watch on the entry of vehicles and type of goods making their way into Delhi. This could also possibly help ward of any security threat by scanning goods through X-ray machines at the toll plazas. The police control room would be linked through satellite with the entire system and they could get an instant update on various issues, including identity of the vehicle, goods, its timing and make,'' Mr. Mehta remarked.

Vehicles entering Delhi in future would be required to furnish their registration papers, type of goods, including their destination. If the goods are not bound for Delhi, the papers would be seized at the toll plaza and the vehicle would be turned back. The papers of the vehicle would be returned by the police at an exit point at the border. The toll paid by the vehicle would not be refunded and it would be taken as fine imposed for wrong entry.

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