Q1. Polluters Pay principal has become the new normal . Is this the correct policy to fight Pollution? What implications this approach will have on the masses?
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Light duty vehicles and two-axle trucks will have to pay Rs 700, while three- and four-axle trucks will pay Rs 1,300. The payment will be collected by toll operators at 127 entry points into the city.
The money collected from these tolls will be handed over to the Delhi Government which will use it to mitigate the losses caused by air pollution, promote public transport and green spaces, and make pedestrian and cycle lanes on roads. The court has also asked toll tax operators to incur the cost of installing Radio Frequency Identity systems and CCTVs at all 127 points. These facilities will have to be installed at nine main entry points, which see 75 per cent of the commercial traffic, by November 2015.
Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) applauded the Supreme Court for acknowledging and recognising the problem of severe pollution caused by trucks in Delhi. “This is a major victory for fight against deadly air pollution,” said CSE Director General Sunita Narain. “We would like to thank the Hon’ble Supreme Court for the decision, and amicus curiae Harish Salve who filed an application in the court, seeking immediate measures before winter sets in.”
In a recent study, CSE monitored nine entry points into Delhi and found that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) underestimated the number of trucks entering Delhi. Their figure was 70 per cent less than actual. It investigated the levies on other routes and found that Delhi’s taxes were cheaper and, therefore, more lucrative for trucks using Delhi as a transit corridor.
According to submissions of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi (Traffic Police), nearly 66,069 commercial vehicles enter Delhi, of which six-wheel trucks, 10-wheel trucks and 14-wheel trucks and above account for approximately 14,000. More than 25 per cent of these vehicles are en route to other destinations and pass through Delhi only for convenience, better roads and less toll tax.
Source: New feed