Vehicles entering Chandigarh will now have to pay an entry tax. However, the entry tax in Chandigarh will only be applicable to Chandigarh will only be applicable on commercial vehicles that include all cars, mini trucks or other automobiles used for business purpose.
Shockingly, Chandigarh which has always been known for its cleanliness and planning is now encountering problems related to traffic congestion and air pollution especially from last couple of years. As we see day in and out, it’s a fact that Chandigarh has the highest density of vehicles in India with around 12 lakhs registered vehicles. This averages to over 2 vehicles per household. On top of this, thousands of vehicles enter the city on a daily basis from nearby states that of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh etc.
The quality of air of this city has declined substantially and one of the main reason for this is air pollution. According to statistics by Chandigarh Pollution Control Comittee (CPCC), RSPM (Repairable Suspended Particulate Matter) values for Chandigarh are higher than permissible limits with a magnitude ranging upto around 60 micrograms per cubic metre over the last couple of years.
Entry Tax in Chandigarh
In order to cope with increasing traffic and air pollution, Chandigarh Administration has decided to impose an entry tax on all the commercial vehicles entering the city. This entry tax will however not be applicable on auto rickshaws. Although autos are also considered as commercial vehicles but they have been exempted from Chandigarh entry tax due to the reason that a lot of people travel between tricity on autos. This conclusion was made in a meeting of State Transport Authority on Thursday whose chairman was Chandigarh’s MP Kirron Kher.
Though different rates will be set for the entry tax based on the type of vehicle. Taxation rates for different states will be analysed and then finalised for Chandigarh. If you have ever travelled from one state to another by road, there is an entry tax for all vehicles. Chandigarh has finally decided to impose an entry tax on all commercial vehicles.
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