Himachal Pradesh

Tourists headed to Shimla may have to shell out ‘green tax’

The SMC has proposed to impose a tax of Rs. 50 on two-wheelers, Rs. 200 on four-wheelers, and Rs. 300 on heavy vehicles.

The Hush Post: Tourists visiting Shimla will soon have to shell out extra money for entering the city. The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) has now proposed to levy a green fees or tax on vehicles which are not registered in Himachal Pradesh.

The SMC has proposed to impose a tax of Rs. 50 on two-wheelers, Rs. 200 on four-wheelers, and Rs. 300 on heavy vehicles. The tax would be valid for one week.

The proposal to this effect, which has been hanging fire since long, was approved in a meeting of the Finance and Contract Planning Committee (FCPC) chaired by Mayor Kusum Sadret here on Tuesday. The final decision, however, will be taken during the monthly meet of the Municipal Corporation later this month. Besides, a new app will be launched for collecting the Green Fee and kiosks would also be set at the entry points to the city.

Shimla MC Mayor Kusum Sadret said that the tourists willing to visit Shimla can deposit the green fee online through the green fee app. She informed that help of the local police would be taken in this initiative. If any vehicle owner/driver is unable to produce the receipt of the tax, he would be fined with 2000 rupees, she said.  Sadret made it clear that the vehicles registered in the state won’t have to pay this tax.

The fund-starved Municipal Corporation expects to earn around 10 to 15 crore per year through the green tax. The state government has already given its nod to collect the tax.

It is to be noted that the SMC had a few years back started collecting green tax but the High Court had put a stay over it on a plea opposing it on the grounds that SMC was short of parking bays and had no permission from the NHAI.

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