SYMR Consortium LLP, the company responsible for collection of environment cess at entry points to Delhi, has projected a loss of Rs 200 crore over the following year.
According to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the lead civic body for collection of toll and Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) in the national capital, the consortium has projected this loss based on a decline in traffic to Delhi with the addition of an extra tax.
The consortium had earlier told The Indian Express that with the ECC coming into force, there will be a decline of approximately 30 per cent in the number of trucks entering Delhi.
According to the corporation, the consortium also raised this point in its report to the transport department of Delhi government. Apprehension is that the “since the consortium is not getting a cut of its collection, like in the case of toll tax, objections will keep cropping up”, said sources.
Prior to implementation of the ECC, the company had raised several objections including security of its staff at the toll booths. The tax was to be implemented by November 1, however due to delays by the concessionaire, the tax was implemented six days later, despite insistence from the municipal corporation to implement the Supreme Court’s orders.
The consortium started collection when “all queries were satisfactorily answered by the Delhi government” and assurances were provided that “in case of a mishap, the Delhi Police will provide all assistance to the concessionaire”, said sources.
The consortium’s agreement with the South Corporation is that it collects toll tax on behalf the corporation, and pays the civic body a fixed amount a year depending on traffic projections. The collection of environment cess is not part of the agreement. However, since the directions of the apex court are binding, the ECC is being collected at 127 toll booths in Delhi.
The consortium has petitioned the Supreme Court with its concerns and the next date of hearing is Monday. The consortium declined to comment on the issue.