SC-appointed green panel recommends high pollution cess

The Supreme Court-appointed green panel EPCA has recommended high pollution cess, of up to 25 % on the cost of diesel cars above 2,000 cc, multiple times higher than the figure suggested by few automakers. The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) reasoned that imposition of steep cess was imperative to control air pollution in the national capital by making diesel vehicles “cost prohibitive”.

The vehicles need to be divided into three categories- up to 1200 cc, up to 2000 cc and 2000 cc and above. An Environment Compensation Charge (ECC) of 10 percent of the vehicle’s cost be imposed on diesel cars with engines up to 1200cc. EPCA recommended ECC of 20 percent tax on diesel vehicles with engines smaller than 1500cc in size.It recommended a cess of 22 percent on vehicles with engines over 1500cc. It also recommended high pollution cess of up to 25 percent on the cost of diesel cars above 2000 cc.

So let’s do:
1. Expand the term EPCA?

Source – The Hindu


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