Shimla: All vehicles, registered outside Himachal Pradesh, will have to pay "green tax" from September 15 for entering the state capital. The National Highways Authority of India has given its nod to the Shimla Municipal Corporation to impose the tax on all vehicles bearing non-Himachal numbers.
The contract for collecting the tax has been given to a private company which was selected after an open bidding, a senior SMC official said.
The municipal body would get revenue of Rs 6 crore annually through imposition of the tax, he said.
According to rough estimates, nearly 5,000 vehicles enter Shimla daily during the peak tourist season.
There is also a huge flow of tourists to picturesque Himachal from neighbouring Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttrakahand during weekends.
Initially, the collection of green tax will be done manually at four places - Tara Devi, Totu, Dhalli and Mehali - as computers of the company which bagged the contract to collect the tax have developed technical snag.
The computerised system is expected to start working by middle of next month, the official said.
The green tax will be Rs 100 for two-wheelers, Rs 200 for cars and jeeps, Rs 300 for utility vehicles and Rs 500 for buses and trucks, he said.
The permit will be valid for a week.