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Volkswagen India has been directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to pay a sum of Rs 100 crores by 5 pm of 18th January 2019. According to the NGT, the amount should be paid to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)
Volkswagen had earlier challenged the court orders, stating that all their cars sold in India are compliant of the prescribed BS-IV emission norms. This is in reply to the accusation made by NGT over Volkswagen for using a cheat device in their diesel cars.
According to their accusation, Volkswagen used a cheat device to pass through the strict emission norms. This according to them could lead to environmental damages due to the release of harmful NOx in the atmosphere.
The NGT, lead by Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel stated that if the payment of the fine is not made, then no additional time would be given. He also stated that if the German car brand fails to pay up then their Managing Director, Gurupratap Boparai could be arrested. Apart from the Volkswagen India MD at the risk of being arrested, the company's properties could also be seized.
Volkswagen India responded to these comments, stating that they would comply with court order. However, they insisted that all their cars sold in the country are compliant with the prescribed BS-IV norms.
Earlier, the four-member panel from NGT had stated that approximately 3.27 lakh Volkswagen diesel cars sold in India had emitted over 48.6 tonnes of NOx in the atmosphere. NGT had conducted tests using Delhi as the base city for calculations.
The NGT had come up with a total of Rs 171 crore as conservative fines based on the calculations for the cost of treatment for health damages, along with the disability-adjusted life from WHO.
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Volkswagen Group had admitted to falsifying their reports using an illegal cheat device to pass the strict US anti-pollution norms. Since they admitted to cheating back in 2015, the company paid for damages costing them millions of dollars and recalling thousands of cars worldwide.
Source: Business Standard