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Yes, sounds like a very promising idea. 15 83.33%
No, it will only add to other problems and complexities. 1 5.56%
Maybe, but better ideas can be implemented. (Please post your ideas in this thread) 2 11.11%
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Old 5th September 2007, 12:08   #1
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What do the BHPians feel about having an ETC in Mumbai to reduce congestion at the toll gates? The cars will have prepaid cards placed inside and a reader placed in the gantry will read and debit the toll charge as you pass through. One can re-charge or top up the card as required. I believe this is a good experiment being tried out by Maharashtra Govt. and we need to support this.

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Old 5th September 2007, 16:37   #2
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This sounds like a maximalist idea. The government wants to milk public for all its worth. IMO, the idea of a prepaid monthly pass that allows people to pass as many times as needed in a month is a far better idea. Of course the government looses out if people pass multiple times in a day. But then they can always price these passes a little higher.

With these cards people will grow suspicious. And is the wont of such ideas complains may start pouring in about overcharging, faulty billing etc. And a nice scheme like this one has the potential to fall flat even before it takes off.
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Sorry to bump into an old thread, but found it better than creating a new one as it addresses the same thing.

Y'day renewed the monthly toll charges at Mulund toll on Eastern Express highway and was handed over a pamplet by the toll guys. The pamplet talks about the MSRDC introducing a smart card for the monthly toll passes starting from December 2012 for the Vashi, Airoli, Mulund - EEH & LBS and Dahisar Toll plazas for which a refundable deposit of 60/- will be charged and the smart card can be brought at any toll plaza from the 26th to 30th of every month.

Although its not clear whether the smart card can be recharged online or again have to be visited to the toll plazas for renewing but atleast the line at the toll collection booths will be reduced (hopefully). Now that the monthly pass lanes at all the tolls have become virtually extinct, will buying a monthly pass be beneficial apart from the trouble of shelling out cash at the tolls every time you pass.
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Old 7th November 2012, 10:05   #4
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While any electronic measure is a good idea - it would be better to implement a system that does not require manual input. Proximity cards would be good to ensure that boom barriers lift when card is valid/has balance. A smart card with a chip might require a toll operator to feed it to a reader and then take action. Time reduction will be limited to the money changing that otherwise takes place.

As is always the case, there will be people without cards getting into the card lane and will have to be handled manually.
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Old 26th November 2012, 14:07   #5
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I would really like to see a setup similar to Singapore where the toll road have no plazas.

That would ensure that there is no funneling of traffice to enter or exit the toll roads. Down south we have so many toll plazas that we need to wait. In this case, this is implemented, it would be 1 continous road, and no need to exchange Cash!!
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Let us and the govt try anything - the jams at the toll booth will never end.

Till all the people driving, learn to obey laws and rules while driving, nothing will ever improve in this country.

What makes you think people without the smart card won't rush into the smart card lane once they realise it's faster ?
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The ETC lane on the Sea Link is Rs 2850 a month. The lane is also manned to prevent gatecrashers
Only here we get to see electronic conveniences and manual systems co-exist. Cheap labour is the reason why cinema houses charge Rs 20-30 convenience charge for online bookings instead of the other way around.
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