New Delhi: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Thursday directed Volkswagen to deposit Rs 100 crore by 5 PM tomorrow or face punitive action in emission case, news agency ANI reported. The action includes the arrest of carmaker’s country Managing Director and seizure of all properties in India.
Last year in November also NGT had directed Volkswagen to deposit an interim amount of Rs 100 crore with the CPCB in a case related to allegations against the German auto major for using ‘cheat device’ in emission tests of its diesel vehicles.
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel had formed a committee comprising officials of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Heavy Industries, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Automotive Research Association of India to calculate the actual quantum of the environmental loss.
On Tuesday this year, the committee on had recommended Rs 171.34 crore fine on German auto major Volkswagen as “health damages” for causing air pollution in Delhi due to excess nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.
The expert committee in its report had estimated that Volkswagen cars released approximately 48.678 tonnes of NOx in 2016 in the national capital.
The tribunal was hearing pleas filed by a school teacher, Saloni Ailawadi, and a few others seeking a ban on the sale of Volkswagen vehicles for alleged violation of emission norms.
A ‘cheat’ or ‘defeat device’ is software in diesel engines to manipulate emission tests by changing the performance of the cars globally.
Volkswagen India had in December 2015 announced the recall of 3,23,700 lakh vehicles in India to fix the emission software after ARAI conducted tests on some models and found that their on-road emissions were 1.1 times to 2.6 times higher than the applicable BS-IV norms.
The automobile giant had admitted to the use of ‘defeat device’ in 11 million diesel engine cars sold in the US, Europe, and other global markets to manipulate emission test results.
(With agency inputs)