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Old 26th November 2019, 14:16   #3226
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Guys, I haven't bothered to follow news about Fastag, because I don't do much intercity driving, and, even in town, I cross a toll booth only a few times a year.

For occasional crossing of OMR tolls, and sometimes venturing down ECR, do I need to? I don't mind doing it if the balance lasts forever and it makes passage easier

Yes, I know there is a fastag thread. I can go there for the details. But do I need to?

OMR and ECR tolls currently do not accept Fastag payments as they are under the state government. Fastag is currently only for roads under NHAI. Ideally it should be standardized across all states.
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Guys, I haven't bothered to follow news about Fastag, because I don't do much intercity driving, and, even in town, I cross a toll booth only a few times a year.

For occasional crossing of OMR tolls, and sometimes venturing down ECR, do I need to? I don't mind doing it if the balance lasts forever and it makes passage easier

Yes, I know there is a fastag thread. I can go there for the details. But do I need to?
At least one toll on the OMR- the one that connects to ECR - has a board saying Fastag trials but Iíve never seen any such trial. Take the Paytm one, as your wallet balance can also be used in shops, gas stations etc.
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Old 26th November 2019, 15:30   #3228
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Guys, I haven't bothered to follow news about Fastag, because I don't do much intercity driving, and, even in town, I cross a toll booth only a few times a year.

For occasional crossing of OMR tolls, and sometimes venturing down ECR, do I need to? I don't mind doing it if the balance lasts forever and it makes passage easier

Yes, I know there is a fastag thread. I can go there for the details. But do I need to?
Toll booths on the OMR and ECR (maintained by the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC)) are going to adopt Fastag soon (https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities...le29694798.ece)

If you are only occasionally going to venture there, you may ignore fastag. But I'd recommend getting it anyway.
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Old 26th November 2019, 17:14   #3229
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Guys, I haven't bothered to follow news about Fastag, because I don't do much intercity driving, and, even in town, I cross a toll booth only a few times a year.
For quite sometime they have this 'Sensor tag' board on the suburban OMR and ECR tolls. I say suburban, since its not seen in the Mahabalipuram-Chengalpattu exit toll.

If your foresee yourself going Chengalpattu, Sriperumbudur or Karanodai and beyond, get one. Even Chennai Bypass Vangaram toll has it, though am not sure if the mandatory Fastag is going to be implemented there.

I guess the tag goes 'inactive' 6 months without usage. I remember someone posting this in the thread some 2-3 years back. This is what you should be exploring if you are getting it and using it on rare occasions.
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Old 26th November 2019, 20:11   #3230
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For occasional crossing of OMR tolls, and sometimes venturing down ECR, do I need to? I don't mind doing it if the balance lasts forever and it makes passage easier
Not sure if balance lasts for ever, but I'm sure Fastag is not required for state tolls (no matter which state) as I've checked this in MH, KL, TN (OMR) & KA.
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Thanks guys, it looks like I don't need to do anything for now, but will have to take it into consideration if I do go further afield.
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If your foresee yourself going Chengalpattu, Sriperumbudur or Karanodai and beyond, get one.
I do the Chennai - Pondy, Chennai - Trichy routes sometimes. No fixed intervals between visits. What are my options? Is there no cash payment option at all in the toll plazas, or do they charge more if we pay cash?
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I do the Chennai - Pondy, Chennai - Trichy routes sometimes. No fixed intervals between visits. What are my options? Is there no cash payment option at all in the toll plazas, or do they charge more if we pay cash?
They will charge double for cash payments. Get a paytm fastag - the balance can be used for any other paytm purchase (petrol, swiggy, shops and restaurants etc).
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I do the Chennai - Pondy, Chennai - Trichy routes sometimes. No fixed intervals between visits.
Given how chaotic Paranur and Athur toll are as a norm. I'd say get it. These tolls were a pain when all but one lane allowed cash payments.
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After National Highway tolls, ECR and OMR to go FASTag way

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I do the Chennai - Pondy, Chennai - Trichy routes sometimes. No fixed intervals between visits. What are my options? Is there no cash payment option at all in the toll plazas, or do they charge more if we pay cash?
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They will charge double for cash payments. Get a paytm fastag - the balance can be used for any other paytm purchase (petrol, swiggy, shops and restaurants etc).
As per what I have read, they charge double only if the cash guys get into a Fastag lane. Else, there will be one lane available for only cash vehicles, where it will be normal rate. Saw this as well when I did the Chennai - Madurai trip last weekend. The number of cash lanes were 2 or 3, and will be brought down to 1 post the Dec 15 deadline I suppose

Edit: Discussion in the fastag thread: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/stree...ml#post4704302 (FASTag: All you need to know about procuring & using it!)

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I tried mailing the email address on the TNRDC website but haven't received any reply. I really need the toll pass and would appreciate any help in this regard from fellow BHPians.
Well, here's an update on this (hoping it helps other folks who might run into this issue):

In the end, I had to get another gas connection for the house in my name. Took the "Subscription Voucher" (basically the document stating that there's an active connection in my name at my address) to the Uthandi Toll plaza, filled up the form, attached the rent agreement + RC card copy and submitted the entire thing there.

Ended up topping up the paid toll card with another 50 trips (for Rs.1222) since the toll booth manager said it would take another 10 days from the day of submission for them to come and verify my residency.

20 days passed, no one came to my place to verify if I lived there. Finally I went to the toll office again and they gave me my local resident pass as it had been signed from the TNRDC office.

Hopefully this chapter is closed until the next year — I'm still unsure how Fastag would affect local residents along the road and how TNRDC is going to make it work for local residents within the next 10 days.

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Old 23rd December 2019, 12:27   #3238
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I randomly noticed one thing: most cars on the road in Chennai seem to be very new (I would say > 2015). Like more than 80% or 90% of them if I had to guess a number.
I wonder if cars are getting recycled at such a fast pace here, or whether it is because of the 2015 floods where most cars got scrapped..?
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I wonder if cars are getting recycled at such a fast pace here, or whether it is because of the 2015 floods where most cars got scrapped..?
I believe it is indeed because of the 2015 floods ó most cars were submerged, causing electrical issues which rendered most cars useless. Being a coastal city, rust is another factor that comes into play. Because of this, most of these flood-affected cars were either scrapped or auctioned for parts.

Here's the link to a news article about this matter.
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After National Highway tolls, ECR and OMR to go FASTag way

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Does anyone know whether OMR toll accepts FasTag payment?
Has the state government implemented E-toll payments?
Regular users may please advise.
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