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e-Way Bill - Revamped IT system to handle 65 lakhs bills on daily basis

Published: Feb 25, 2018

By TIOL News Service

NEW DELHI, FEB 25, 2018: THE Group of Ministers (GoM) on IT, headed by the Bihar Dy Chief Minister, Mr Sushil Modi, yesterday recommended to the GST Council that the IT System is now ready to handle the projected volume of daily e-Way Bills and the same can be renotified from April 1, 2018 for the inter-State trade. The Council is slated to discuss the recommendation at its March 10 meeting.

Mr Modi briefed the media persons that the GoM expects a volume of about 26 lakh on daily basis. Later it would rise to 50 lakhs but the system has been upgraded to handle the load of about 75 lakhs. The idea is to stagger the onboarding of the States. Every week in the month of April, five States would be joining the system and thus the volume of e-way bills would go up.

The IT platform set up to generate e-Way bills had collapsed on February 1, 2018 due to load of over 48 lakhs bills being generated. Mr Modi said that two pilots are through and over 9 lakh assessees are on board. During the third pilot more assessees would be on board to test the robustness of the system. With over 8000 transporters, Mr Modi expects about 64 lakh e-way bills to be generated on daily basis.

Interestingly, Mr Modi has not talked much about the intra-State movement of goods. It is expected that once the inter-State experiment succeeds, the system would make provision for other roll-outs.