The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has decided to implement electronic toll collection (ETC) along the 158 km-long Outer Ring Road (ORR). Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags will be used at 19 interchanges in 69 lanes along the ORR.

The Rs 67-crore project for establishment and maintenance of this toll management system has been bagged by Efkon India Pvt. Ltd.

The HMDA decided to introduce the ETC system at two interchanges on the 24 km stretch from Gachibowli to Shamshabad, on a pilot basis for 60 days, to allow motorists pay tolls while on the go.The project was handed over to Eagle Infra India. Motorists were issued RFID tags that would automatically be detected by sensors installed at the toll plaza. 

However, within 15 days of the launch of the pilot project, technical problems began surfacing and commuters began complaining about non-functional RFIDs. 

However, HMDA officials claim that the issues have since been resolved, and ETC will soon be functional along the entire ORR.B. Anand Mohan, the chief general manager of the ORR says that the ETC system will be operational by the end of February. He says that Bharti Airtel has agreed to provide internet access until HMDA lays a dedicated optic line, which will be ready by March. 

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