Chandigarh administration is likely to impose a green tax in the city. At a road safety meeting chaired by UT Adviser Parimal Rai on Thursday, there was a discussion on the alarming level of pollution. As a solution, they may revise the pattern of environmental reimbursement charges that was imposed by the National Green Tribunal on commercial diesel vehicles entering New Delhi.
The meeting was attended by Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal, Municipal Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha, UT (transport) director Amit Talwar, UT chief engineer Mukesh Anand and several officers of the UT transport department.
UT Adviser also asked for the details regarding the tax to study its advantages and disadvantages. It was also discussed that public opinion will be sought before imposing the tax.
Rai also probed the officers to improve road signals and road visibility. Concerning the installation of signage, the Municipal Commissioner said that they were hiring a consultant for designing or planning urban wayfinding signage system to convey information to road users regarding entities within Chandigarh. The agency will be required to design the illuminated signboards and identify the spots where they are to be fixed.
“The MC Commissioner said that they were already working on the issue. The members of the committee have been asked to study the details of the case where NGT had imposed the environmental compensation charge on the commercial vehicles,” said a senior officer.