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Delhi-bound Trucks to Pay Green Tax
Oct 15, 2015

On October 8 National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed that no heavy commercial vehicles that are not destined for Delhi will be allowed to ply through the city. The same was endorsed by the Supreme Court on October 12.  

Key Points

  • The Supreme Court clarified that the proposed pollution tax on trucks entering Delhi would be collected from November 1 on an experimental basis for four months.

  • To be known as Environment Compensation Charge, the tax would be Rs 700 each per entry for categories 2 (light vehicles) and 3 (2 axle trucks) and Rs 1300 for categories 4 (3 axle trucks) and 5 (4 axle trucks and above).

  • This was necessary to encourage the trucks to use NH 71 and NH 71A. At present, trucks were avoiding these two highways connecting Rewari to Panipat via Jhajjar and Rohtak because of the toll they had to pay.

  • Bench comprising Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justices Arun Mishra and A.K. Goel pointed out that the alarming level of air pollution in Delhi was largely due to these trucks. 

  • Citing a study, the court said that 40-60 per cent of heavy trucks and 23 per cent commercial vehicles plying in North India were entering Delhi despite having alternative routes.

  • The move was expected to reduce air pollution by 25 per cent. 

  • The additional tax would be utilised for augmenting public transport and improving roads, including those for cyclists and pedestrians.

  • The apex court directed Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan to install large size billboards at the exit points of their states to prevent commercial traffic entering Delhi. 

  • The Bench said the court would review the tax in the third week of February before the end of the four-month period on February 29.

  • While the civic body, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, will collect the money without any deductions, it will be handed over to the Delhi government every Friday. 

  • The top court has asked the Delhi government to use the money for improving roads, particularly for cyclists and pedestrians. 

  • The Delhi government will also have to inform the Supreme Court about its spending.

  • CCTV cameras will also have to be installed at all the entry points by January 31 to ensure the green tax is being levied.

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