Electronic Toll Collection System makes Delhi-Mumbai Drive Faster and Cheaper

“The Electronic Toll Collection System is a step towards the realization of the Prime Minister’s vision of `Digital India’, said the Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, while launching the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) System for Delhi-Mumbai highway via Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra, here today. The system would evolve into newer technologies and facilities like touch-card, debit card etc. in the near future which will contribute to the nation’s growth, he added. He dedicated the system to the nation, commemorating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. 

The FASTag is a passive RFID tag affixed at the centre of the windscreen. All you have to do is Recharge your Tag Account and drive through FASTag Lanes at the toll plazas, and appropriate toll would automatically be deducted from your balance. SMS alerts will be sent on the registered mobile number giving information on toll fee deducted and low balance. 

Currently FASTag services are available at 24 toll plazas on Delhi-Mumbai section, and simultaneously, work is in progress to implement FASTag on all National Highways. Also, FASTag shall be extended for fuel payments and entry fee payments at State Border check posts in near future. FASTag is available at Point-of-Sales set up at certain bank branches. Currently, ICICI Bank is offering FASTag, and soon FASTag from Axis Bank will also be available. Very shortly such Point of Sales will be set up at toll plazas also. 

The new ETC system will save commuters time, fuel, money and reduce pollution. This will go a long way in taking forward the nations growth especially when it is extended to other roads across the country. 

ETC has already been installed at 55 Toll Plazas and their integration with Central Clearing House (CCH) operators has almost been completed. A pilot project for interoperable ETC system of 10 toll plazas between Mumbai (Charoti) and Ahmadabad has already been tested and seamless ETC on this section is successfully in operation. 

In order to remove the bottlenecks and ensure seamless movement of traffic and collection of toll as per the notified rates, Government had constituted a committee on Electronic Toll Collection technology for use on National Highways under the chairmanship of Shri Nandan Nilekani. This Committee's mandate was to examine all technologies available for ETC and recommend the most suitable technology for local conditions. Considering user convenience, rate of acceptance and ease of implementation, the passive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) based on EPC, Gen-2, ISO 18000-6C Standards for ETC technology was adopted by the Government. 

A web based portal has been developed through which National Highway users may easily access information related to toll fee and other details viz. applicable toll charges and concessions available for local vehicles near any toll plaza in the country, date of toll fee notification, commercial operation date, effective & due date of toll rate revision, name and contact details of key personnel on toll plaza, details of nearest police station, hospitals etc. in addition to facilities available near Toll Plaza(s). The portal is GIS based wherein Toll Plazas may be easily searched on a map. 

State-wise list of all toll plazas along with their name, location, number of the National Highway and section/stretch will be displayed in this section. User can also type “name” of a toll plaza to get information of the toll plaza entered on the screen. User can click on “Toll Plaza name” to get further details of that toll plaza. A facility is also available to ascertain the Toll Plaza Location as well as the amount of fee that a user shall have to pay while travelling through a selected stretch of National Highway. Toll rates can also be accessed through mobile phones by sending SMS to 56070 with predefined text messages. 

To standardize the process of data collection and creating of central data repository, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways envisaged automating the process of traffic surveys on National Highways and Indian Highways Management Company Ltd. (IHMCL) has been entrusted to execute this project. This project includes conducting seven-day traffic surveys, twice annually, at more than 1600 location on all National Highways across India. These traffic surveys would be conducted using portable Automatic Traffic Counter and Classifier (ATCC) systems, which do not require any human intervention. Also the video of the Vehicular movement during the survey shall be captured and used for verification of survey data. A Control Centre would be established for the purposes of creating central repository of traffic data and for compilation, verification and analysis of data generated from traffic surveys. Through this project, crucial and reliable traffic data and analysis will be available at the fingertips, which can be further used for better infrastructure planning and traffic management. 

The launching ceremony was attended by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Shri Krishan Pal, Chairman, NHAI, Shri R.P. Singh, President, NHBF, Shri V.C. Verma and other dignitaries. 

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Text of PM’s address at 'Run For Unity' at Rajpath on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

मेरे साथ आप लोग बोलेंगे, मैं कहूंगा सरदार पटेल आप लोग कहेंगे अमर रहे, अमर रहे,… सरदार पटेल, (अमर रहे) सरदार पटेल, (अमर रहे) सरदार पटेल (अमर रहे)। 

मंच पर विराजमान मंत्रिपरिषद के हमारे वरिष्‍ठ साथी, आदरणीय सुषमा जी, आदरणीय वैंकेया जी, श्रीमान रविशंकर जी, दिल्‍ली के लेफ्टिनेंट गवर्नर और सारे नौजवान साथियों 

आज सरदार वल्‍लभ भाई पटेल की जन्‍म जयंती का प्रेरक पर्व है। जो देश इतिहास को भूला देता है, वह देश कभी भी इतिहास का निर्माण नहीं कर सकता है। और इसलिए एक जीवंत राष्‍ट्र के लिए, एक आशा-आकांक्षाओं के साथ भरे हुए राष्‍ट्र के लिए सपनों को सजा कर बैठी युवा पीढ़ी के लिए अपने ऐतिहासिक धरोहर सदा-सर्वदा प्रेरणा देती है और हमारे देश ने इस बात को भी कभी भी भूलना नहीं होगा कि हम इतिहास को विरासतों को अपने वैचारिक दायरे में न बांटे। इतिहास पुरूष, राष्‍ट्र पुरूष इतिहास की वो धरोहर हाते हैं जो आने वाली पीढि़यों के लिए नया उमंग और नया उत्‍साह भरते हैं। 

आज श्रीमती इंदिरा गांधी जी की भी पुण्‍य तिथि है। सरदार साहब का जीवन देश की एकता के लिए आहूत हो गया। बैरिस्‍टर के नाते, सफल बैरिस्‍टर गांधी के चरणों में समर्पित हो गए, और हिंदुस्‍तान के किसानों को आजादी के आंदोलन में जोड़कर के उन्‍होंने अंग्रेज सल्‍तनत को हिला दिया था। अंग्रेज सल्‍तनत ने भांप लिया था अगर देश का गांव, देश का किसान आजादी के आंदोलन का हिस्‍सा बन गया तो अंग्रेज सल्‍तनत की कोई ताकत नहीं है कि वो आजादी के दीवानों के खिलाफ लड़ाई लड़ सके। 

कभी-कभी जब हम रामकृष्‍ण परमहंस को देखते हैं तो लगता है कि स्‍वामी विवेकानंद के बिना रामकृष्‍ण परमहंस अधूरे लगते हैं। वैसे ही जब महात्‍मा गांधी को देखते हैं तो लगता है कि सरदार साहब के बिना गांधी भी अधूरे लगते थे। यह एक अटूट नाता था। यह अटूट जोड़ी थी। जिस दांडी यात्रा ने हिंदुस्‍तान की आजादी को एक नया मोड़ दिया था। पूरे विश्‍व को सबसे पहले ताकतवर मैसेज देने का अवसर दांडी यात्रा में से पैदा हुआ था। उस दांडी यात्रा में एक सफल संगठक के रूप में, एक कार्यकर्ता के रूप में सरदार साहब की जो भूमिका थी, वो बेजोड़ थी। और महात्‍मा गांधी ने दांडी यात्रा की पूरी योजना सरदार साहब के हवाले की थी। हम कल्‍पना कर सकते थे कि देश की आजादी आंदोलन के अलग-अलग पढ़ाव में, महात्‍मा गांधी के साथ रहकर के सरदार साहब की कितनी अहम भूमिका रही थी और आजादी के बाद सरदार साहब का लाभ देश को बहुत कम मिला। बहुत कम समय तक हमारे बीच रहे। लेकिन इतने कम समय में सरदार साहब ने अंग्रेजों के सारे सपनों को धूल में मिला दिया था, चूर-चूर कर दिया था। अपनी दूर दृष्टि के द्वारा, अपने कूटनीति सामर्थ्‍य के द्वारा, अपनी राष्‍ट्र भक्ति के द्वारा। अंग्रेज चाहते थे कि देश आजाद होने के बाद सैकड़ों टुकड़ों में बिखर जाए। आपस में लड़ते रहे, मर मिटते रहे, यह अंग्रेजों का इरादा था, लेकिन सरदार साहब ने अपनी कूटनीति के द्वारा, अपनी दीर्घ दृष्टि के द्वारा, अपने लोखंडित मनोबल के द्वारा साढ़े पांच सौ से भी अधिक रियासतों को एक सूत्र में बांध दिया। जिसे सम्‍मान देने की जरूरत थी, उसे सम्‍मान दिया। जिसको पुचकारने की जरूरत थी, उसको पुचकारा और जिसको आंख दिखाने की जरूरत थी उसको आंख दिखाने में भी सरदार पटेल ने कभी हिचक नहीं की, संकोच नहीं किया। उस सामर्थ्‍य का परिचय दिया था। और उसी महापुरूष ने, एक प्रकार से आज जब हिंदुस्‍तान देख रहे हैं वो एक भारत का सफलदृष्‍टा उसके नियंता सरदार पटेल को देश कभी भूल नहीं सकता है। 

शताब्दियों पहले इतिहास में चाणक्‍य का उल्‍लेख इस बात के लिए आता है कि उन्‍होंने अनेक राजे-रजवाड़ों को एक करके, एक सपना लेकर के, राष्‍ट्र के पुनरूद्धार का सपना देकर के सफल प्रयास किया था। चाणक्‍य के बाद उस महान काम को करने वाले एक महापुरूष हैं, जिनका आज हम जन्‍म जयंती पर्व मना रहे हैं, वो सरदार वल्‍लभ भाई पटेल हैं। लेकिन यह कैसा दुर्भाग्‍य है, जिस व्‍यक्ति ने देश की एकता के लिए अपने आप को खपा दिया था, आलोचनाएं झेली थी, विरोध झेले थे। अपने राजनीतिक यात्रा में रूकावटें महसूस की थी। लेकिन उस लक्ष्‍य की पूर्ति के मार्ग से कभी विचलित नहीं हुए थे, और वो लक्ष्‍य था भारत की एकता। उसी देश में, उसी महापुरूष की जन्‍म जयंती पर, 30 साल पहले भारत की एकता को गहरी चोट पहुंचाने वाली एक भयंकर घटना ने आकार लिया। हमारे ही अपने लोगों को मौत के घाट उतार दिया गया। और वो घटना किसी सम्‍प्रदाय के लोगों के सीने पर लगे घाव की नहीं थी, वो घटना भारत के हजारों साल के महान व्यवस्था के सीने पर लगा हुआा एक छूरा था, एक खंजर था, भयंकर आपत्तिजनक था। लेकिन दुर्भाग्‍य रहा इतिहास का कि उसे महापुरूष के जयंती के दिन यह हो गया। और तब जाकर के देश की एकता के लिए, हम लोगों ने अधिक जागरूकता के साथ, अधिक जिम्‍मेवारी के साथ। सरदार साहब ने हमें एक भारत दिया, श्रेष्‍ठ भारत बनाना हमारी जिम्‍मेवारी है। ‘एक भारत श्रेष्‍ठ भारत’ इस सपने को पूरा करने के लिए भारत की जो महान विरासत है वो विरासतें विविधता में एकता की है। उस विविधता में एकता की विरासत को लेकर के, जातिवाद से परे उठकर के, भाषावाद से परे उठकर के, सम्‍प्रदायवाद से परे उठकर के एक भारत समृद्ध भारत, ऊंच-नीच के भेदभाव से मुक्‍त भारत यह सपने को साकार करने के लिए आज से उत्‍तम पर्व नहीं हो सकता, जो हमें आने वाले दिनों के लिए प्रेरणा देता रहे। 

और युवा पीढ़ी आज इस राष्ट्रीय एकता दिवस पर पूरे हिंदुस्‍तान में Run for Unity के लिए दौड़ रही है। मैं समझता हूं यह हमारा प्रयास एकता के मंत्र को निरंतर जगाए रखना चाहिए। और हमारे शास्‍त्रों में कहा है राष्‍ट्रयाम जाग्रयम वयम.. हर पल हमें जागते रहना चाहिए अपने सपनों को लेकर के, सोचते रहना चाहिए, उसके अनुरूप काम करते रहना चाहिए तभी संभव होता है। भारत विविधताओं से भरा हुआ देश है। अनेक विविधताओं से भरा हुआ देश है। विविधता में एकता यही हमारी विशेषता है। हम कभी एकरूपता के पक्षकार नहीं रहे। हम विविधताओं से भरे हुए रहते हैं। एक ही प्रकार के फूलों से बना गुलदस्‍ता और रंग-बिरंगे फूलों से बने गुलदस्‍ते में कितना फर्क होता है। भारत उन विशेषताओं से भरा हुआ देश है, उन विशेषताओं को बनाते हुए एकता के सूत्र को जीवंत रखना, एकता के सूत्र को बलवंत बनाना यही हम लोगों का प्रयास है और यही एकता का संदेश है। 
राज्‍य अनेक राष्‍ट्र एक, 
पंथ अनेक लक्ष्‍य एक, 
बोली अनेक स्‍वर एक, 
भाषा अनेक भाव एक, 
रंग अनेक तिरंगा एक, 
समाज अनेक भारत एक, 
रिवाज अनेक संस्‍कार एक, 
कार्य अनेक संकल्‍प एक, 
राह अनेक मंजिल एक, 
चेहरे अनेक मुस्‍कान एक, 
इसी एकता के मंत्र को लेकर के यह देश आगे बढ़े। 

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PM flags off, joins Run For Unity on Sardar Patel Jayanti

PM: Sardar Patel gave us "Ek Bharat" – let us all make "Shreshth Bharat"

Enthusiastic youth persuade Prime Minister to lead "Run For Unity" after flagging it off


Flagging off the "Run For Unity" on the occasion of Sardar Patel Jayanti, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today (31.10.2014) recalled the mantra of "Ek Bharat: Shresth Bharat" and said that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel gave us "Ek Bharat" (United India), and we should all work towards creating "Shresth Bharat" (Foremost India). He was addressing a large gathering of youth and people from all walks of life, at Rajpath in New Delhi.

The Prime Minister referred to Sardar Patel Jayanti as an inspirational moment, and said a country that forgets history, cannot create history. He said India's glorious heritage will always be an inspiration for its aspirational youth. He reminded the people that India's rich heritage can never be divided on ideological lines. He remembered former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi, noting that today was her death anniversary. 

Mentioning Sardar Patel's unique contribution to the freedom struggle, the Prime Minister drew a comparison of the Sardar's relationship with Mahatma Gandhi, to the relationship between Swami Vivekananda and Ramakrishna Paramahansa. The Prime Minister also spoke of Chanakya's vision of a united India, and said the Sardar had, through his strategic foresight, converted that dream into reality. 

On India's unity in diversity, the Prime Minister said this diversity gives us strength. He said India's people should always be vigilant to guard this unique strength of unity in diversity. He regretted that thirty years ago, India's fabric of unity in diversity had been attacked, as one specific community had been targeted. 

The Prime Minister administered the pledge of unity to the assembled people and later flagged off the Run For Unity. Even as he exhorted people to begin the run, the assembled youth enthusiastically waited for the Prime Minister to lead the run. Eventually, the Prime Minister led the Run For Unity.

Union Ministers Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Shri Venkaiah Naidu and Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Shri Najeeb Jung were present on the occasion.

Earlier, the Prime Minister paid floral tributes at the statue of Sardar Patel, at Patel Chowk on Parliament Street.

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Activities on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas celebrations on 31st October

Tomorrow, on 31st October, 2014 a large number of people are expected to participate in the ‘Run for Unity’ being organised in the National capital. 

A function to pay floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will be held at Patel Chowk, Parliament Street, New Delhi at 0730 hrs. 

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi will address the participants of ‘Run for Unity’ at Vijay Chowk at 0740 hrs and administer the Unity Pledge at 0800 hrs. The ‘Run for Unity’ will be flagged off from Vijay Chowk to India Gate on Rajpath at 0815 hrs. 

The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh will attend a programme ‘Run for Unity’ at Sardar Patel Statue in Nampally, Hyderabad at 0745 hrs. Later, Shri Rajnath Singh will attend the passing out parade of Indian Police Service Officers at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.

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President to flag off the ‘Run for Unity’ tomorrow at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will flag off the ‘Run for Unity’ at the Forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow (October 31, 2014) at 0815 a.m. to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The residents and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President’s Body Guard, the Army Guard and the Delhi Police will participate in the Run.

The Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) Pledge will be administered by Smt. Omita Paul, Secretary to the President to all staff prior to the Run.

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Vice President Inaugurates 7th Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Scientific Session

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari has said that according to the WHO, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally as more people die annually from these diseases than from any other cause. Low-and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular diseases, with over 80% of deaths in these countries being due to these diseases. Delivering inaugural address at “7th Asia-Pacific Heart Rhythm Scientific Session (APHRSS)” here today (30.10.2014), he has said that it is estimated that by the year 2030, almost 25 million people will die from cardio-vascular diseases, mainly from heart disease and stroke, which are projected to remain the single leading cause of death.

He said that the situation is no different in India. Recent studies have shown that heart diseases have emerged as the number one killer in both urban and rural areas of the country. The diseases affect men and women alike. If all age groups are included, heart diseases account for about 19 per cent of all deaths in the country.

The Vice President said that given that coronary heart diseases have become the most significant of all causes of death and that heart rhythm disorders or ‘arrhythmias’ are the main complications of ischemic heart disease, it is important that we collectively make every possible effort to find newer and better ways of diagnosing and treating these disorders so that this killer disease can be controlled or treated, if not eliminated.

Following is the text of Vice President’s address :
“I am happy to be here today for the inauguration of the 7th Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Scientific Session being held in India for the first time. I thank Professor Khalilullah for inviting me.

I am confident that this gathering would provide participants with an opportunity to share their knowledge, techniques and research outcomes in the field of cardiac rhythm disorders.

I understand, according to the WHO, cardiovascular diseases are the number one cause of death globally as more people die annually from these diseases than from any other cause. Low-and middle-income countries are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular diseases, with over 80% of deaths in these countries being due to these diseases.

It is estimated that by the year 2030, almost 25 million people will die from cardio-vascular diseases, mainly from heart disease and stroke, which are projected to remain the single leading cause of death.

The situation is no different in India. Recent studies have shown that heart diseases have emerged as the number one killer in both urban and rural areas of the country. The diseases affect men and women alike. If all age groups are included, heart diseases account for about 19 per cent of all deaths in the country.

Given that coronary heart diseases have become the most significant of all causes of death and that heart rhythm disorders or ‘arrhythmias’ are the main complications of ischemic heart disease, it is important that we collectively make every possible effort to find newer and better ways of diagnosing and treating these disorders so that this killer disease can be controlled or treated, if not eliminated.

In this context, I am happy to know that Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society is organizing these conferences regularly in different countries. The 7th Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society conference is probably the largest of its kind with participation of all the Presidents of major heart rhythm societies in the world.

I convey my best wishes to all the participants and wish them success in their deliberations during this conference in the coming days. Jai Hind”

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First round of Regional Consultations on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme in Chandigarh tomorrow

To initiate the roll out of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme of Government of India, the first round of Regional Consultation with 27 District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners from the Northern States of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh UT will take place on 31st October, 2014 in Chandigarh. The inaugural address at the Consultation shall be delivered by Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister of Women and Child Development. The primary agenda of this consultation is to deliberate on the implementation modalities of District Action Plans under this Scheme. The Nodal Ministry for this Joint Initiative is Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Partner Ministries are Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development. In addition to the DCs and State Government Officials, the Consultation shall be attended by Officials from MWCD, MH&FW, MHRD and PMO. 

Briefing on the BBBP initiative and the Scheme Guidelines developed for the District Collectors/Deputy Commissioners shall be done during the consultation. An overview of the implementation of PC & PNDT Act in the country shall also follow. The critical components of BBBP, namely Media Campaign and Multi-sectoral action in selected districts with adverse CSRs, the Scheme Guidelines and various other matters shall also be discussed in the Consultation. The BBBP initiative lays focus on strict enforcement of PC & PNDT Act by MoHFW, ensuring girl child friendly standards in schools including strengthening of School Management committees (SMCs), creation of forums like Balika Manch to encourage participation of girls, reenrollment of drop-out girls in secondary schools, ensuring availability of functional toilets by MoHRD (School Education) and capacity-building and sensitization of concerned government officials, grassroots functionaries, elected representatives, promote early registration of pregnancy by motivation & incentivizing mothers to register their pregnancy in the first trimester among others. 

The formal launch of the Scheme is scheduled at a later date. The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narender Modi has been requested to launch the Scheme. 

The trend of decline in the Child Sex Ratio (CSR) defined as per of girls per thousand of boys between 0-6 years of age has been alarming. The CSR declined from 945 in 1991 to 927 in 2001 and further to 918 in 2011. To address this grave issue the Government of India has announced the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP)Scheme. 

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