Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority (EPCA) and South Delhi Municipal Corporation have extended the deadline for pre-registration and recharge of RFID tags to August 23 from the earlier decided date of August 16. The commercial vehicles without RFID tags post this date will not be allowed to enter south Delhi.

The decision was taken after the transporters and transporters union had requested SDMC Mayor, Chairman Committee and EPCA for an extension of deadline for the entry of commercial vehicles into Delhi with RFID tags/sufficient recharge amount.

All commercial vehicles entering the city from any of the 13 toll plazas, which do not have the RFID tag and sufficient recharge amount, post August 23, will have to pay penalty double the Environmental Compensation Charge (ECC) along with the municipal toll tax. The fines will gradually increase four times and six times for the corresponding second and third week after the set deadline.

In view of the decision, the SDMC has exhorted the commercial vehicle owners/transporters to visit the permanent point of sale (POS) installed at 13 entry points/RFID toll plaza for pre-registration for RFID tags and recharge of tags.

A senior SDMC official said, “SDMC has also set up six POS in Haryana and UP before Delhi entry points – Tikri Main-Haryana; Indian Oil Petrol Pump- GT Karnal Road, Sonepat; Anand Industrial Estate-Ghaziabad; Heritage Village Resort-Maneswar; NH 24 Bridge-Ghaziabad; NHAI and MCD Toll Tax-Badarpur Haryana Border.”

More than 1.35 lakh RFID tags have been sold so far. With the help of RFID tags, the toll is automatically deducted from the linked e-wallets. This system has been put in place to reduce traffic congestion across the various entry points of Delhi. This, in turn, will help in the reduction of pollution.

This project is being executed by South Delhi Municipal Corporation.  Ahead of the deadline, to ensure maximum pre-registration, the Delhi Transport Department has deployed mobile teams on the border.