CHENNAI: An automated penalty collecting system will be introduced on a pilot basis in the stretch between and on the National Highway 45, said Tamil Nadu transport minister M R Vijayabaskar on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters after distributing certificates and prizes to drivers and conductors, the minister said the stretch had been identified as one of the highest accident-prone zones in the national highway network in the country.

The new system would be introduced to reduce fatal accidents.

The government had already sanctioned Rs 25 crore for the work.

Both the transport department and the police would look after these booths. Slowly it would be expanded to other roads in the state, he said.

Replying to a question, the minister said MTC would get 80 electric buses soon. Operation of these vehicles would bring down pollution levels in Chennai, he said.

MTC is in the process of identifying old buses which have been in use for more than eight years. MTC would get nearly 500 new buses to replace old ones. “These new buses are expected to be introduced in a week,” he said.

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