NGT Wants Trucks Entering Delhi To Pay Environmental Tax

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The National Green Tribunal (NGT) wants trucks to pay environmental taxes to enter Delhi. These charges will be in addition to the toll charges.

According to the panel, commercial vehicle will have to pay INR 700 for two-axle vehicles, INR 1000 for three-axle vehicles and INR 500 for four-axle vehicles and above.

The bench also made it clear that all vehicles destined for places other than Delhi shall be diverted via NH-71A and NH-71.

The Tribunal said, "The trucks which are not destined to Delhi and have not taken alternate route would not be permitted to enter the capital and would be returned to Panipat to take alternate route."

NGT said that the money collected in form of environment compensation at the check posts would be paid to Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) which will have a separate account.

NGT said, "The collected amount would be used for improving the ambient air quality of the capital." It has also directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and DPCC to be prepared or equipped with instruments to check emission of heavy and over loaded vehicles.

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