Chandigarh is on the verge of becoming one of the smart cities of India and as the process goes on the city beautiful has come under the scanner of various governmental and non- government organizations. Of lately, Chandigarh is being recorded with rising pollution day-by-day.
Having failed earlier to take any action against commercial vehicles, the UT Administration is now planning to follow the footsteps of National Green Tribunal (NGT) that has successfully implemented environment compensation charges on commercial vehicles in Delhi.
Green tax in Chandigarh
Chandigarh Administration is contemplating on charging green tax from the commercial vehicles in UT to deal with the increasing pollution levels. The issue was discussed during the road safety meeting chaired by the UT Adviser as the matter of concern. In fact, the Municipal Commissioner has been directed by the UT Adviser to study the pros and cons of the tax along with the public opinion on the same.
As published in The Indian Express, the Municipal Commissioner has been directed by the UT Adviser to seek public opinion on the implementation of the tax and study the pros and cons of it.
Commercial vehicles that may be imposed with Green Tax
- Diesel autorickshaws
- Trucks and lorries
- Diesel run cabs
Apart from the agenda of pollution check in Chandigarh, the MC is asked to improve signages on the roads and their visibility. A consultant for designing and planning urban signage system in the UT will be hired by the MC. Other than installing the signages in the city, the consulting agency will be responsible for illuminated signboards and be identifying the spots for their installation.roads and construct more cycle tracks in the city.
UT Administration along with the Municipal Corporation will be constructing more cycle tracks in the city. In fact it’s engineering wing has already presented the network of 77 kilometres that may be extended to 95 kilometres. On pilot basis, it also plans to construct more cycle friendly roundabouts in the city similar to the one in Sector 26.
Though the green tax, if implemented in Chandigarh, will cause some inconvenience to the commercial vehicle owners but in a way will help to retain the beauty of the city beautiful. This way the UT administration can keep a check on the pollution levels in Chandigarh and encourage people to use vehicles that can contribute less pollution in the city.