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NGT Imposes Penalty Of Rs 500 Crore On Volkswagen For Damaging Environment Through 'Cheat Device'

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| March 7 , 2019 , 19:10 IST

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday imposed a Rs 500 crore penalty on German automaker Volkswagen for damaging the environment through the use of 'cheat device' in its diesel cars.

NGT ordered Volkswagen has to deposit the amount with Central Pollution Control Board within 2 months

The bench headed by 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 bench passed the order on a petition moved by Delhi-based teacher Saloni Ailawadi.

An NGT-appointed committee had earlier recommended a penalty of Rs 171.34 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.

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On November 16 2018, the tribunal had said that the use of 'cheat device' by Volkswagen in diesel cars in India leads to the inference of environmental damage and had asked Volkswagen to deposit an interim amount of Rs 100 crore with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

Bharat stage emission standards {BSES} are emission standards instituted by the Government of India to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engines and Spark-ignition engines equipment, including motor vehicles. The standards, based on European regulations were first introduced in 2000.


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