NEW DELHI: At around midnight on Sunday, a group of experts and officials were at Delhi's border with Gurgaon for a surprise inspection. What they learnt is this - the Supreme Court had imposed a green tax of Rs. 700 and Rs. 1,300 on commercial vehicles entering Delhi, but on Day 1, not a single rupee had been charged.
In order to curb air pollution in Delhi, the National Green Tribunal has ordered that the commercial vehicles entering the national capital will have to pay environmental compensation charge, besides toll tax.
The alarmingly rising rate of pollution is making breathing difficult for Delhi’s residents, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, who proposed an additional environmental tax on all commercial vehicles in order to address the capital’s pollution woes.
With the Supreme Court wanting to strengthen the National Green Tribunal's order imposing environment cess on non-Delhi bound trucks, we ask on Agenda if the polluter is getting away by paying a nominal fee and is the tax antidote the right treatment for pollution poison. We get you reactions for and against the Green court's order and why some think it's not a viable solution.
Air Pollution in Delhi has reached alarming levels, to an extent where living in the city is becoming difficult every day. A panel consisting of representatives from various fields discusses the measures that need to be taken by the government and citizens to tackle the issue.
A hearing on air pollution in Delhi led to an unusual admission in the Supreme Court on Monday by Chief Justice of India H L Dattu — his grandson “looks like a ninja” because of the mask he’s forced to wear. The Supreme Court has asked for a “quick positive response” from the Centre and Delhi government on the possibility of a pollution tax on commercial vehicles passing through the Capital, which has the dirtiest air in the world.
POLLUTED air has forced the citizens of the Capital at the receiving end of respiratory and other related problems. Endorsing the worrisome trend, the findings of a recent air quality monitoring survey — released by Greenpeace — have found that the deadly PM2.5 levels in Delhi are 10 times higher than the safety limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation ( WHO) and four times more than the Indian safety limit.