ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) would install Electronic Toll and Traffic Management (ETTM) system on National Highways to improve the toll collection system.

Minister for Commun-ications, Dr Arbab Alamgir Saturday said so far, this system has been installed on seven toll plazas, which are linked with the Operations Centre established at NHA head quarter to monitor traffic and toll revenue collection round-the-clock. For motorways including Peshawar-Islamabad Motorway (M-1), Islamabad-Lahore Motorway (M-2), and Pindi Bhattian-Faisalabad Motorway (M-3), he added.

He said procurement of state-of-the-art Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) system was in progress for foolproof revenue collection, comprising toll and police fine.

He said the NHA has collected Rs 29,474 million as toll revenue during past five years from 97 toll plazas presently operational on its road network. The toll plazas on National Highways collected Rs 22,413 million toll revenue from 2006 to 2010, he said adding that from Motorways Rs 7,061 million were collected as toll revenue from 2006 to 2010.
Out of 97 toll plazas, 69 plazas are located on National Highways while 28 are situated on Motorways, he said.

Giving province-wise details, he said in the Punjab province there are 53 toll plazas operational out of which 32 are on national highways while 21 are on Motorways. In Sindh province 18 toll plazas are operational on the highways. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa there are 14 toll plazas working seven each on highways and motorways, he added. In Balochistan highways 12 toll plazas are operational. At present the Motorway sections in Sindh and Balochistan provinces are in the planning and construction stage, so no toll plaza in these two provinces is operational on motorway, he added.