Haryali has conducted Two days awareness drive in Gurgaon, NH 8 Highway for paper less Toll plaza. The idea is to use toll plaza without getting the Receipt of Toll. Every day approximately there are 1, 70,000 vehicles cross from the Toll Plaza and they all use Receipt of toll.
If we calculate for providing receipt of toll for 1, 70,000 vehicles will need 900 Trees chopped for producing papers. Just imagine 900 trees needs to be chopped per day. We conducted awareness drive so that people who only need those bills for Reimbursement should take it and others can just go without it.
The ideas is to save trees from chopping for unnecessary bills which most of us just throw it out once we cross the toll. If we just put together all the bills used per day in one length then it can stretch out till 11 kms. So, imagine 11 kms of paper we need every day to meet the toll bills. Chopping tree is very easy but imagine how many years a tree takes to grow full to its size. Now if we add the cost of production for manufacturing papers for huge number of Bills will need Electricity to run factories where this paper manufactures from raw trees. Electricity again comes from consuming coal which is our natural resources. Pollution will occur while burning coal to get electricity and then producing paper out of this pollution and wastage of natural resources. All in all we are in great loss, this is just one toll plaza and if we add up all the existing Toll plaza in across all India then one can imagine how much Trees and Energy needs to be generated to get the bills done for all the vehicles.
G4S supported us by providing us volunteers who put up banners and slogans against the using paper and instead go paperless tolls. Haryali appreciates there effort to provide support for this noble cause.
Haryali has written letters to Environment Ministers and Highways ministries respectively and informed them about the idea of paper less toll plaza. These departments have assured us to endorse the Idea of paper less toll plaza.
Government and as a citizen we must take responsibility to at least think what kind of harm we are doing to Environment.
As per information provided by NHAI (National Highway Authority of India), total number of vehicles passing through the three toll plaza’s that is Delhi-Gurgaon Border, Kherkidaula Toll and Airport Toll is 300,000. Out of which 90,000 vehicles carry Tags with them and rest are provided with paper slips (at the time of crossing the tolls while making the payment) of the size 11.5cm x 7.5cm that comes out to be 85.25cm2. If paper slips which are issued to 210,000 passing vehicles are put together in length, then these will spread to around 24150 running meters (24.15 KMs) daily and calculated further on yearly basis, it comes to be around 8814 KMs.
There are approximately 150 toll plazas across the country where these slips are issued while crossing, where we assume that the number of vehicles passing through these plazas are at least 10% of total number of vehicles passing through Delhi-Gurgaon Border. This comes out be 17500 vehicles daily on a single toll plaza. This multiplied with total number of toll plazas comes to be 2625000 (150×17500) vehicles daily and 958125000 vehicles per annum. The paper consumption at all the toll plazas is 8168016 meters2 or 1101844 KMs in length.
There are some toll plazas in our country which don’t provide any paper slips at all unless specifically asked for. By doing away with paper slips, you will be doing a great help to save trees and our environment. The added benefit will be savings on the cost of these paper rolls as well as printing and electricity cost in the process. Also this will reduce the waiting time at toll plazas which will save fuel and our foreign exchange, plus will cut on carbon fumes emission which is adding to already chocked environment. Definitely employees will be saving on time while collecting toll from motorists (by not handing back paper slips to them).
In years to come Government plans to add thousands of kilometers of road network across the country with many more toll collection plazas/centers being setup for collection. While constructing these highways we all along cut thousands/lakhs of trees (infrastructure development is a must for developing country like ours) but once that is done, we all are duty bound not to do further damage to our environment, at least by not issuing useless paper slip with no purpose which only comes by cutting more trees.
To save trees and environment is HARYALI’s main objective, which should be a concern for all of us.
On HARYALI’s part we will join you to educate people about shunning away with this environment degradation. We can also provide small boards/stickers to be pasted at each toll plaza lane which will be indicating that slips will be issued only on demand.
|Name of toll||Tag Vehicles||Slip Vehicles||Total|
Size of paper = 11.5cm x 7.5 cm = 85.25 cm2 (one slip)
No. of vehicles on 3 tolls = 300000
No. of vehicles with slip = 210000
Paper used = 210000 x 85.25 cm2 = 1790 m2
Paper length (per day) = 210000 x 11.5 cm = 24150 Running meter = 24.15 KM
Vehicles per annum (on above 3 Tolls) = 210000 x 365 = 76650000 or 8815 KM
Total Tolls in India = 150 Nos (approx.)
If we assume the vehicles on remaining tolls are 10% of Delhi Gurgaon Border Toll then no. of vehicles will be 175000 x 10% x 150 = 2625000 Vehicles/Day and 958125000 vehicles/annum.
The paper consumption will be 958125000 x 85.25 cm2 = 8168016 M2 or 1101844 KMs in length.