National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed all commercial vehicles entering Delhi to pay environmental compensation charge in addition to the toll tax.
This decision to levy environmental compensation charges dubbed as environmental tax was taken by NGT as a tough measure to curb air pollution in Delhi.
The green panel has observed that vehicular pollution is one of the main sources of inferior quality of air in Delhi.
As per the NGT order
- Environmental Compensation would be payable at the rates of Rs. 1,000 for three-axle, Rs. 700 for two-axle vehicles and Rs 500 for four-axle and above.
- The collected amount would be used for improving the ambient air quality of Delhi. Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) will maintain a separate account for this collected amount.
NGT also directed Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and DPCC to arrange or purchase instruments for monitoring and checking emission of moving overloaded heavy vehicles.