Saturday, September 25, 2010 – (The TImes Of India, New Delhi)
Gurgaon: Next time when you stop to pay toll on the Gurgaon Delhi expressway, stop to think about the environment.
Over 6,000 trees are being cut every year to produce paper receipts for more than 10 crore vehicles on the expressway toll plazas, says NGO Haryali, which has launched an awareness campaign for paperless toll plazas.
The NGO said it will ask people to say no to printed toll receipts. “To save these tree, we have requested government to only issue printed toll receipts on demand, “said Vivek Kamboj, Chairman, Haryali.
The NGO has also written letters to National Highway Authority of India and union government, requesting them to expand ‘toll receipts only one demand’ plan across the country. Going for paperless toll will also help in reducing waiting time at the toll plazas, and save printing and electricity costs, the NGO said.
“Toll receipts are useful only for those who have to keep a record for reimbursement. For others, it is just a waste.
By giving toll receipts only to users who need them, we will be able to save almost 90-95 percent of present paper usage at about 150 toll plazas across the country,” Kamboj said.
The campaign has already found its supporters.
“This is such a nice idea floated by the NGO. We need to change the perception of people that even if they are not getting the receipt, it is getting accounted for and the operator firm cannot really do any kind of tampering with the total numbers as every time a boom barrier opens for a vehicle, it is entered in the software,” said Devendra Rao, a government official. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) welcomed the idea as a ‘noble’ concept but said it would require policy change to implement ‘toll receipts only on demand’ plan on the roads.
“We have received letters from the NGO in this regard, and it is good idea. But a consensus is needed to be formed at the highest level of government, only then we can implement such a plan,” said a senior NHAI official.
Over 6,000 trees are being cut every year to produce paper receipts for more than 10 crore vehicles on the Gurgaon-Delhi expressway toll plazas