Green tax on vehicles in Shimla from Feb 20

Green Tax - Shimla - Himachal PradeshShimla : To cut down vehicle congestion in the popular tourist destination of Shimla , the Himachal Pradesh government has finally given its nod to allow the civic body to impose a green tax on all outside motor vehicles entering the town.

Officials of the Urban development department on Tuesday issued a notification authorising the municipal corporation to impose green tax on all outside vehicles entering the city from February 20 .

Vehicles stand on road due to traffic jam near Khalini in Shimla on Saturday.Photo by: Amit KanwarAfter Manali , Shimla has now become the second town in Himachal which will levy green tax on vehicles entering the city.

The proposed charges are Rs 100 for two wheelers , Rs 200 for cars and jeeps , Rs 300 for mini trucks and similar vehicles and Rs 500 for trucks and buses .These will be valid for a week , newspaper reports said .

The Shimla civic body had prepared green tax proposal last year and the matter was pending with the state government .

According to one estimate by imposing this tax the municipal corporation will earn at least Rs 6 crore every year which will have to be spent on green infrastructure .

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