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Nov 22, 2016
First e-gateway opens east of Kabul City
Navid Ahmad Barakzai
Nov 22, 2016 - 16:51
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Transport has installed and made operational the first-ever electronic tollgate in the Pul-i-Charkhi area on eastern outskirts of Kabul City to ensure transparent revenue collection and entry registration of vehicles.
Electronic collection of transport revenue, traffic statistics and preventing revenue wastage are main purposes of installing these gates, said disqualified minister Mohammaddullah Batash at the gate’s opening ceremony.
“We are trying to register all revenue collected by municipalities, finance, transport and public work ministries in an electronic format”, he added.
Batash said paying money in cash would be totally eliminated after implementation of the project and drivers would have to pay duty through banks. The gate has been designed to check every vehicle crossing it.
Equipped with advanced facilities, Batash added, besides the director of the gate, the minister, financial and administrative assistant and the head of transport department would be checking and examining work of the gate through security cameras.
He added they were planning to install electronic balancers, GPRs and security scanners in such gates.
According the transport minister, there had been no exact data for vehicles entering and exiting Kabul City, but now the data would be available and revenue specified accordingly.
He said three more electronic gates would be installed in other areas of Kabul city and the installment of the gate in Arghande square would start in near future.
The director of the electronic gateway, Mirza Shah, said the gate cost 18 million afghanis and was equipped with computerized facilities.
He added the non-existence of such system caused corruption in revenue collection but the gate would bring about transparency and would increase revenue.
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