NGT slaps Rs 500 Crore fine on Volkswagen

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New Delhi, March 7: National Green Tribunal on Thursday imposed Rs 500 Crore fine on Volkswagen for damaging environment through the use of ‘cheat device’ in its diesel cars.

The car maker has to deposit the amount with Central Pollution Control Board within 2 months.

The Tribunal was hearing a petition seeking ban on sale of #Volkswagen vehicles for alleged violation of emission norms.

Volkswagen Group India Spokesperson said the car-maker will challenge the order of the National Green Tribunal before the Supreme Court.

The green panel ordered the company to deposit the amount within two months.

Earlier, an NGT-appointed committee had recommended a penalty of Rs 100 crore, which the bench enhanced in its Thursday order.

Volkswagen, however, said that it did not violate the Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) emission norms and that the results were based on “on-road testings” for which there were no prescribed standards.

The bench of NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said, “Sustainable development is the main guiding factor… We are unable to accept the manufacturer’s objections to the report.”

The order was on a petition moved by Delhi-based teacher Saloni Ailawadi.

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