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NGT directs Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 crore within 24 hours for causing air pollution in Delhi

NGT directs Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 crore within 24 hours for causing air pollution in Delhi

New Delhi: National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed on German auto major Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 crore within 24 hours as per its November 16, 2018 order.

In November, a four-member committee formed by the NGT had recommended Rs 171.34 crore fine on Volkswagen as “health damages” for causing air pollution in Delhi due to excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel has directed Volkswagen to give an undertaking and deposit money by 5 pm on Friday.

The panel was formed by the NGT on November 16 last year to give its expert opinion on the subject whether the manufacturer has exceeded the prescribed environmental norms and fair estimate of the damage caused to the environment.

The committee has told the NGT that automobiles are a major source of nitrogen oxide emissions and nitrogen dioxide is the most prevalent source form of nitrogen oxide.

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