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SMYR Consortium, municipal body may reach settlement over pollution cess collection

Toll collector had moved the SC contesting its 9 October order by which it levied an environment compensation charge on light commercial vehicles and trucks entering Delhi

New Delhi: A settlement could be in the offing between toll collector SMYR Consortium and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the Supreme Court indicated on Wednesday.

The toll collector had moved the apex court contesting its 9 October order by which it levied an environment compensation charge on light commercial vehicles and trucks entering Delhi, in an attempt to reduce pollution.

SMYR Consortium, represented by lawyer Shyam Divan, told the court that its order could not adversely affect the rights of a private party, especially since it could lead to potential breach of its contract. He said that the court’s order led to diversion of vehicles, resulting in reduced revenue for the collector. He added that the court’s direction to SMYR to install Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) at nine entry points by 31 January was an onerous condition.

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