To tackle the problem of increasing traffic congestion and air pollution, the Chandigarh administration has decided to impose entry tax on commercial vehicles. However, entry tax will not be imposed on autorickshaws.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the State Transport Authority (STA) Thursday under the chairmanship of MP Kirron Kher.
UT transport secretary K K Jindal said the rate of the entry tax would be calculated for all the different types of commercial vehicles. “We will study the rates fixed by other states,” said Jindal.
The quality of air in the city has deteriorated in the past few years as the levels of air pollution far exceed the prescribed standards. As per the data compiled by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC), both 24 hourly and annual averages, the level of repairable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) has been recorded above the permissible limits, that is, 60 microgram per cubic metre (mcg/cu m) in the past few years.
Chandigarh has the highest density of vehicles in India with around 12 lakh registered vehicles. The fleet of vehicles is over two per household in the city.
In 2014, Delhi Finance Commission had mooted congestion tax for city, which was rejected by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation. The commission had called for urgent need to amend the tax-imposing provisions and methods of calculating the tax liability under the Punjab Motor Vehicle Tax Act.