Taxing times: Rs 200 green fee to enter Shimla

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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Staff member
Visitors, whose vehicles are not registered in Himachal, will have to shell out Rs 200 as green fee as soon as they enter the city.
The Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) today cleared the proposal to charge the green fee. For this purpose, an app will also be launched soon. The tax is expected to earn Rs 15 crore every year.
The SMC has put the proposal to raise a tax barrier near Snow View hotel, the entry point of the city. The tourists can deposit the green fee at the Parwanoo barrier as the permit will be valid for seven days.
This was decided by the SMC’s Finance and Contract Planning Committee (FCPC) chaired by Mayor Sanjay Chauhan here.
The SMC had appointed a four-member committee of councillors which recommended the proposal and it would now be discussed in the General House to be convened at the end of this month, said the Mayor.
The SMC has decided to put in place a four-point system of collecting green tax from outside vehicles. “The tourists willing to visit Shimla can deposit the green fee online through the green fee app,” Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Rai said.
Rai said they need not set up the green fee barrier as was proposed earlier as per the direction of the High Court in March 2013. “We will have an online system or other option as per convenience of tourists,” he added.
He said the court had stayed the collection of the green tax on the plea of the petitioners opposing it on the ground that the SMC had no parking bays and had no permission from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Chauhan said they would take Rs 200 for a car and Rs 300 for a bigger vehicle and Rs 50 for a two wheeler. “It is a nominal fee being charged from the tourists for giving them clean and green Shimla,” he added.
“The Shimla Municipal Corporation has proposed green fee in line with green tax being charged in Manali from the outside vehicle, Rai said. On an average, more than 6,000 vehicles enter Shimla daily during the summer season and we hope to earn Rs 15 crore every year,” he added.