The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is planning to introduce FASTag system for paying fees in the paid parking zones in New Town. The authorities recently held a video conference with representatives of National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI) to discuss on the issue.
Presently, NKDA is operating about 10 paid parking zones in New Town such as the ones near Tata Medical Centre, Eco Park and at shopping malls. The authorities, on an average, collect about Rs 20,000 per day from parking fees before the Covid outbreak broke out and the lockdown was enforced.
Officials said they had been planning for a quick and easy method of collecting parking fees without any human contact. “The concept of toll collection on the road and parking fee collection in the parking lots are similar. The advantage with a FASTag-registered vehicle is it can just drive into the fee parking zone without stopping at the entry kiosk,” said an NKDA official.
Officials said they have just explored the idea with the FASTag authorities and it would take some time to get the necessary technology and the right apps before the system could be introduced.
Officials said that as per the concept, the tag would work the same way as it presently works in the toll plaza gates on the national highways. “The only difference would be that instead of the toll gate, the vehicle’s FASTag would be debited at the exit gate of the parking lots and only the time of entry of a car would be scanned while it passes the entry gate,” said an official.
“We are exploring the concept of contactless payment in New Town and hoping to be one of the firsts in the country to execute this system for collecting parking fees by the end of this year,” an official said.
Earlier, the authorities worked on having sensor-based parking apps.
Source: Times of India