SC says tax on polluting vehicles entering Delhi 'need of the day'

SC says tax on polluting vehicles entering Delhi 'need of the day'

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to the imposition of a green tax ranging from Rs 700 to Rs 1300 on commercial vehicles entering Delhi, describing it as the “need of the day”.

The court also said it would monitor the air pollution situation in the national capital.
 A three-judge green bench presided over by Chief Justice H L Dattu said it would not only modify the order issued in this regard by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Tuesday but would also make it clear that orders passed by any other court or tribunal would be overridden by the apex court order.

Acting as amicus curiae, senior advocate Harish Salve had moved the application, seeking imposition of extra cess on trucks emitting poisonous fumes making life difficult for the citizens.

He had cited a study by NGO, Centre for Science and Environment, stating that more than 52,000 commercial trucks, running on low-grade diesel, entered the national capital every night, causing toxic haze, especially in the winter. The bench, also comprising Justices Arun Mishra and Adarsh K Goel, said the court would pass a detailed order on Monday after taking note of the suggestions by senior advocate Harish Salve, amicus curiae in a PIL and counsel for Centre and Delhi government.

The court also said the order would be implemented in cooperation with adjoining states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

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