Shimla/ March 15
Himachal High court on Friday restrained the Shimla Municipal Corporation from collecting “green tax” from outside vehicles at entry points.
A Division bench of high court comprising Acting Chief Justice R.B. Misra and Justice Surinder Singh which heard the petition challenging the levy of Green tax sin its order said that the barrier for collecting tax, levy by the respondent Corporation on entry of vehicles in Shimla town, without the permission of National Highway Authorities and in the absence of quid pro quo cannot be permitted at this stage.”
“Till the permission is obtained from National Highway Authorities and parking facilities are made available, no obstruction of any kind to collect green tax or levy will be made by the Municipal Corporation, forthwith.” the court said.
The bench fixed the next hearing on March 25 and asked the respondents to file the reply.
Shimla Municipal Corporation and imposed Green Tax on entry of vehicles registered outside into the town on February this year to mobilise resources and reduce congestion in the town.
The Green Tax was being charged at the rate of Rs 100 for two wheelers, Rs 200 for cars and jeeps, Rs 300 for mini trucks and similar vehicles and Rs 500 for trucks and buses.