ENVIRONMENT

Delhi pollution panel spent over Rs 12 crore on three phases of odd-even scheme

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) spent over Rs 12 crore from a fund set up for green projects on the implementation of the three phases of the odd-even car rationing scheme between 2016 and 2019, according to government data obtained through an RTI application.

Set up in 2008 and collected through the Department of Trade and Taxes, the Air Ambience Fund gets 25 paise from the sale of each litre of diesel in Delhi.
A total of Rs 547 crore has been collected in the fund since March 2008.

Of this, Rs 527 crore has been spent on green activities.

The government utilised only Rs 59 crore till 2015.

In the last seven years, it has used Rs 468 crore from the fund.

The reply to the RTI application filed by activist Amit Gupta revealed that the pollution control body gave Rs 3.

38 crore to divisional commissioner and secretary, revenue department, and Rs 25 lakh to Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation Ltd from the Air Ambience Fund for the implementation of the first odd-even drive in January 2016.

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New Indian Express
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