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Thursday, May 23, 2024

FWO & NHA team up to install e-tolls at motorways

The e-tolling systems on the motorways will ensure a smooth flow of traffic, save time, and speed up business activities.

The Frontier Works Organization (FWO) has signed an agreement with the National Highway Authority (NHA) for the installation of an e-tolling system on motorways.

According to details, Muhammad Azhar, Member Finance from NHA, and Brig Asif Siddique (retired), Director IT from FWO signed the agreement. Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services, Asad Mahmood was the chief guest on the occasion.

The e-tolling systems on the motorways will ensure a smooth flow of traffic, save time, and speed up business activities. Connecting and coordinating all the toll plazas on the motorways will save time and a smooth flow of traffic will be ensured.

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Moreover, the e-tolling systems will also help in compiling accurate data on toll tax collection through the utilization of modern technology, i.e. electronic collection instead of manual payment of toll tax.

Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Commu­nications and Postal Services Asad Mahmood said that the dura­tion of the agreement for col­lection of motorway toll tax through an electronic system is 7 years, which can be extended for another 3 years.

FWO and PSO ink agreement 

In addition, FWO recently signed an agreement with the Pakistan State Oil (PSO) for stablishing fuel stations along Mansehra Naran Jalkhad Road, and along Karakoram Highway (KKH).

Pertinent to mention, inaugurated in 1959, the KKH is a 1,300 km national highway and is also known as the 8th wonder of the world. It extends from Hasan Abdal in the Punjab province of Pakistan to the Khunjerab Pass in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Interestingly, the highway, one of the highest paved roads in the world, passes through the Karakoram mountain range at a maximum elevation of 15,466 ft.

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The fuel stations will be mini rest areas for people travelling along those roads. Later, they will be developed to provide other facilities such as Tuck shops, washrooms etc.