NGT imposes Rs 500 cr fine on Volkswagen

New Delhi: In a big jolt to Volkswagen, the  National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday slapped a fine of 500 Crore rupees on German auto major for damaging the environment using cheat device in its diesel cars in India.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the carmaker to deposit the said amount within two months.

On November 16 last year, the apex pollution monitoring body had said that use of ‘cheat device’ by Volkswagen leads to the inference of environmental damage and had directed the carmaker to deposit an interim amount of 100 crore rupees with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The Tribunal also constituted a joint team of representatives of the CPCB, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and National Environmental Engineering Research Institute.

The committee recommended a fine of over 171 crore rupees on Volkswagen for causing air pollution in Delhi and causing health damages due to excess nitrogen oxide emissions.

It may be recalled that on January 21, Volkswagen had informed that NGT that it had deposited Rs 100 crore in accordance with the tribunal’ order.

Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Group India Spokesperson has told that the car making company will challenge the order of the NGT before the Supreme Court, ANI tweeted.

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