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India court orders truck toll

 

 

NEW DELHI — Diesel-guzzling trucks and commercial vehicles in India will soon have to pay a surcharge for entering New Delhi, after the country’s top court Friday approved a trial plan to improve the capital’s notoriously filthy air. Successive Delhi governments have been criticized for failing to curb pollution from industry and chronic traffic in the city of 17 million, ranked as having the world’s worst air quality by the World Health Organization. Acting on a petitioner’s plea, the Supreme Court approved an extra charge of 700 rupees ($11) on light commercial vehicles and 1,300 rupees on large trucks entering Delhi. The court is scheduled to pass an official order Monday on the surcharge, which it said would apply for four months on an “experimental basis”, with no start date yet specified. Researchers hope the toll will help to clear the capital’s polluted air before winter starts, when quality deteriorates. — AFP

 
   
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