Travellers planning a trip to Shimla will soon have to spend more. This is because the Shimla Municipal Corporation has decided to charge a ‘Green Tax’ on all tourist and outstation vehicles that will enter the Himachal Pradesh capital from April 1, 2020, onwards.
This is being done to decrease air pollution in Shimla, as instructed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Under the Green Tax, the government will charge automobiles Rs.500.
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In addition to the Green Tax, travellers coming to Shimla from the Parwanoo route will now have to pay toll along with the currently-charged entry tax from April 1. The toll will be charged at the newly constructed toll plaza at Sanwara in Dharampur Tehsil in the district.
While the vehicles that are registered in Himachal Pradesh are exempted from the entry tax, all road users will have to pay the toll for travelling on the highway. The toll rate is yet to be fixed.