New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday slapped a fine of ₹500 crore on German auto major Volkswagen for damaging the environment through the use of "cheat device" in its diesel cars in India.
A Bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the carmaker to deposit the amount within two months.
Volkswagen will challenge the ruling. "The Volkswagen Group in India reiterates that all cars from the group are compliant with the emission norms defined in India," Volkswagen Group India said in a statement. Volkswagen plans to contest the order in the Supreme Court.
The green panel on November 16, 2018 had said that the use of 'cheat device' by Volkswagen in diesel cars in India led to inference of environmental damage, and had directed the company to deposit an interim amount of ₹100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
It had 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, which had recommended a ₹171.34-crore fine on Volkswagen as "health damages" for causing air pollution in Delhi due to excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
The tribunal was hearing pleas filed by Ailawadi, a school teacher, and a few others seeking a ban on the sale of Volkswagen vehicles for alleged violation of emission norms.
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