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LG inaugurates SDMC's RFID system

New Delhi: Delhi Leiutenant-General Anil Baijal on Monday inaugurated the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system, which has succesfully been installed at all entry-points to the Capital city. The gargantuan project to reduce congestion, pollution, and number of commercial vehicles in Delhi came on the backs of a Supreme Court order, that directed the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to install the Radio Frequency Identification system at Delhi's entry points.

Within three years of the direction, the SDMC has now implemented the RFID system at all entry points except the one at Gahzipur Main. The RFID based toll system has become functional at Kundli, Rajokari, Tikri, Aya Nagar, Kalindi Kunj, Kapasehra, Shahdara (Main), Shahdara (Flyover), Ghazipur (Old), DND Flyway, Badarpur-Faridabad (Main) and Badarpur-Faridabad (Flyover) toll plazas. These 13 entry points cater to the entry of around 85 percent of traffic entering Delhi.

A central Control Centre has also been set up to monitor the activity of each toll plaza. Information regarding entering and leaving vehicles will be available here and visible for inspectin and audit through rel-time video inputs. The RFID based toll system comprises of 58 RFID lanes and 33 free lanes, with 40,000 commercial vehicles already having obtained their RFID tags after pre-registration.

The sensor of RFID system can read the tag on the commercial vehicle and allow entry of vehicles in Delhi without human intervention. The RFID tag allows for a database to be prepared of the vehicle and the owner; this will improve compliance in the future as defaulting vehicles can be penalised. A web portal has also been setup to enable the users to recharge their individual RFID tag accounts and keeping track of their transactions.

The project has been installed and commissioned with cost of Rs 80.95 crore which includes project related cost of Rs 64.46 crore and Rs 16.49 crore for an AMC for five years. This is the second critical project after commissioning of the Eastern and Western peripheral roads which reduced number of trucks and commercial vehicles entering Delhi.

SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra was also present and said, "This will promote the digital payment mode which is being encouraged by the PMO. The new system will definitely provide relief from the suffocating air pollution."

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