The Delhi government has spent only 21% of the Rs 1,298 crore that was collected as an environment compensation charge from diesel-guzzling trucks that were entering the capital in the last 6 years, according to official data. Executed on the directions of the Supreme Court, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) gathers the cess and deposits it with the Transport Department.
Since 20th November 2015, the city government has made use of only Rs 281.5 crore of the Rs 1,298 crore gathered as ”environment cess” on green projects, as per response to an RTI application filed by Amit Gupta who is a social activist. The maximum fund (Rs 271 crore) was used in the financial year 2018-19, with the city government sanctioning Rs 265 crore to the National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) for the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) project.
The NCRTC is certainly a joint venture of the Centre and governments of areas including Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh for executing the RRTS project across the whole National Capital Region.
According to the RTI response, the government released Rs 93 lakh to the SDMC in 2016-17 as a ”pre-tendering incidental cost of RFID” project that included the installation of automatic radio frequency identification devices at border points of Delhi for collection of toll and environment cess.
It also authorized Rs 15 crore from the cost for a pilot project which included using Hydrogen-enriched CNG in 50 state-run buses in 2018-19 and 2019-20 to decrease pollution and enhance fuel economy. The project has since been set on the backburner.