Commercial goods vehicles, including heavy duty trucks, are still giving the newly built Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE) a miss, nearly six months after the road was opened to traffic. The opening of the EPE was expected to reduce the number of heavy diesel truck traffic that enters the national capital at night, causing congestion and air pollution.
It was estimated that around 25,000-30,000 heavy goods vehicles, which pay the environment compensation charge (ECC), would use the six-lane expressway every day. But since it opened, only around 16,000 of them use the EPE per day, an audit report prepared by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) this September stated. The report was submitted to the SC-appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) the same month.
The ECC is charged on different categories of commercial goods vehicles, given that emissions from these vehicles majorly add to particulate matter (PM) concentration that pollutes the air. Read More