The German auto manufacturer Volkswagen has been instructed by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to pay Rs 100 crore in fine to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in an ongoing case against the company for violating emission norms, says a report by Press Trust of India (PTI).
This is an interim fine amount and a committee has been formed by to decide further actions. The committee consists members from the Pollution Control Board, the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and the Ministry of Heavy Industries and has been given the task of calculating the measure of environment loss caused by this scandal. The committee has been directed by the NGT bench to submit its analysis report within a month.
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Both the petitioner and the company involved in the case have been asked to be present before the bench again the next week. The decision was taken by the NGT in response to a plea filed with the request to put a ban on the sale of Volkswagen vehicles in India owing to alleged violation of emission norms.
The emission scandal against the company has been reportedly going on since 2015 when it was first accused of using cheat methods to get its vehicles to clear the emission norm tests in many countries. At that time, the ARAI had found discrepancies between the on-road test results and laboratory testing of Volkswagen’s EA189 diesel engine, following which the company was instructed to recall more than 3 lakh vehicles running on the same engines from the Indian roads. As of early this year, 36 percent of the affected Volkswagen vehicles were still on roads.