Shimla To Impose Green Tax On Tourist Vehicles From April 1

by Sanjana Shenoy
Shimla To Impose Green Tax On Tourist Vehicles From April 1

A trip to the capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla might prove to be a tad bit expensive, as the city will be imposing a Green Tax on tourists’ and outstation vehicles from outside the state from 1st April 2020. The Shimla Municipal Corporation has levied a Green Tax on vehicles that will be entering the city. Travellers from Parwanoo to Shimla will have to pay an array of taxes which includes the existing entry tax and toll charges which need to be paid at a plaza to be erected at Sanwara, Dharampur.

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What’s In It?

A senior official from the Excise and Taxation Department revealed that vehicles which are registered in Himachal Pradesh will be exempted from paying the entry tax. But all highway users will have to pay the toll. According to reports, the administration collects an estimated amount of ₹95 crores at interstate barriers.

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The entry tax had been in place for the past 20 years, a private company had been engaged in building the Parwanoo-Solan highway will collect toll at a plaza from 1st April 2020. Since 80% of the highway task has been completed, the private company is eligible to collect toll as per norms.

What’s More?

Himanshu Pawar, Deputy Commissioner, State Excise and Taxation, Solan stated that tourists would have to pay ₹40 to ₹70 as entry tax to Parwanoo, depending on the size of the vehicle. The Parwanoo unit is also expected to add around ₹13.08  crores to the state exchequer as per the reserve price fixed for the next financial year. Did you know Himachal Pradesh Sets Guinness World Record For Making 1,995 KG Of Khichdi?

This Green Tax in Shimla has been introduced to decrease air pollution in the gorgeous hill station. The local urban body has been directed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to charge Green Tax to tourists. This rule had been in place for years ago but was later discontinued. The NGT had directed the government to charge ₹500 from people driving polluting vehicles due to increasing air pollution in the town. Forget Shimla And Avoid The Traffic! Discover Solan’s Beauty On Your Own Time In Himachal Pradesh!