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Delhi: Govt considers ‘congestion tax’ on vehicles

The idea of levying a congestion charge had earlier been proposed by the municipal corporations, but it never got a final go-ahead from the councillors.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 6, 2015 4:09:00 am

The AAP government is contemplating levying a “congestion tax” on cars entering congested areas in the capital, along the lines of a similar rule implemented by traffic authorities in Stockholm.

“We want to discourage people from using their private vehicles, which contributes to the rising pollution in Delhi. The AAP government is mulling replicating the Stockholm model,” said Transport Minister Gopal Rai.

”A congestion charge is levied on vehicles entering congested areas in Stockholm, to discourage them from entering such lanes,” said Rai.

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The idea of levying a congestion charge had earlier been proposed by the municipal corporations, but it never got a final go-ahead from the councillors.

Elaborating on the Sweden model, Rai said,Stockholm, a polluted city earlier, today had dedicated lanes for buses, cycles, pedestrians and cars, said Rai. “A team from Sweden will soon visit Delhi and study the situation in the capital,” he said.

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