By Accommodation Times News Service
Soon, you will have the option of paying toll at the five entry points of the city and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on a mobile application instead of wasting time at toll plazas.
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has approved a proposal to implement the project on trial basis. A 19-year-old youth has developed the application, named V-toll, where users can use mobile phones or tablets for such transactions by downloading V-toll from the Google Play store.
“We had received the proposal by a private company that had purchased the rights of the application from the app’s designer, a 19-year-old. The same was approved in the MSRDC board meeting and it will be implemented on pilot basis at the five entry points of the city and the Expressway,” said an MSRDC official.
The plan got a push with Eknath Shinde, MSRDC minister who heads the corporation’s board committee, directing officials to implement the same on pilot basis in order to promote a people-friendly option considering the increasing penetration of smart phones in the country. Furthermore, the official said, “One will have to recharge his/her account and use the amount for paying toll before passing the toll booths of the city and Expressway.”
The issue of toll collection is sensitive as toll activists have been alleging that private tollbooth operators are under-reporting traffic data to earn more profits.