SMC's green fee plan stuck at NHAI roadblock
The Shimla Municipal Corporation has sought the intervention of union minister for road transport and highways CP Joshi since its attempts to levy 'green fee' to generate funds has hit a roadblock in the absence of a nod from National Highway Authority of India.chandigarh Updated: Aug 03, 2012 19:01 IST
The Shimla Municipal Corporation has sought the intervention of union minister for road transport and highways CP Joshi since its attempts to levy 'green fee' to generate funds has hit a roadblock in the absence of a nod from National Highway Authority of India.
The SMC project is stuck up as the local body is awaiting a no-objection certificate (NOC) from NHAI since April last for setting up four green fee collection barriers.
The proposal was mooted almost a year ago to fill the empty coffers of the Shimla MC since its meagre sources of income generation and increasing deficit were weighing heavy on the civic body's functioning.
After unanimously adopting a resolution on August 31, 2011, the SMC sent a proposal to the Himachal government to allow the imposition of 'green fee' on all vehicles entering Shimla from outside the state on the pattern of Manali.
With the state government giving the nod earlier this year, the SMC completed all modalities by auctioning four proposed fee collection barriers/points on National Highway-22 and NH-88 for Rs 5 crore annually.
However, the plan failed to see the light of the day despite the completion of all spadework in the absence of NHAI go-ahead. In order to push the project forward, deputy mayor Tikender Singh Panwar on Thursday met Joshi and even Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari for their intervention and support.
Panwar asserted that the SMC, one of the oldest in the country, was in dire need of resources. Besides, there was need to check alarming levels of pollution in the state capital, he added.
He also pointed out that the SMC was suffering financial losses as the project was stalled since April 2012.
The SMC proposes to levy Rs 100 on two-wheelers and Rs 200 on four-wheelers. Multi-Utility Vehicles like Tata Sumo, Safari, Scorpio, Qualis, Bolero, maxi-cabs etc would have to pay Rs 300, while buses, trucks and other heavy vehicles would be asked to pay Rs 500 as 'green fee'.