New app to help wade through highways

Jul 24 2014, 01:21 IST
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SummaryThe next time one travels on a highway there’s no fear of getting lost in the maze of routes.

The next time one travels on a highway there’s no fear of getting lost in the maze of routes. The government is set to launch a new app and portal that will help travellers navigate through highways in a way that would be completely different from the clutch of applications that netizens currently use.

Apart from providing the best route to reach one’s desired destination, the app will also provide a map of toll plazas on the route with exact fees to be paid at each plaza along with information of diversions on highways and details of concessionaire for each stretch. The new app can be downloaded for free and will be available on all major mobile platforms.

Already the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) had launched such a service few months back but that provided limited information. ‘‘This app has been improvised and will navigate commuters to not just national highways but also through other state highways and roads. One can also check whether a toll plaza is operating legally and how much they should pay at each toll plaza, nearby hospital, police station, eating joints etc,’’ the official added.

The app will soon be launched formally by the road, transport, highway and shipping minister Nitin

Gadkari.

‘‘It is common for commuters to get cheated at toll plazas which are managed by locals and toll operators who do not provide exact information. This app will help to overcome such hassles and bridge the gap between the government and the commuters,’’ the official added.

Once the app becomes accessible, offenses like overcharging, misbehaviour by toll operators, long wait at toll plazas and many other irritants are likely to be addressed.

Moreover, though it's mandatory that a big hoarding at every plaza must display the applicable toll charges for each type of vehicle, private developers often fail to put them up.

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