Staff Correspondent

DEHRA DUN: The Uttarakhand Government’s decision to allow the Mussoorie Municipal Board to levy a new Eco Tax on vehicles entering the popular hill station from Tuesday has drawn much flak from the business community.

Under the new system, private cars will be charged Rs.30, buses Rs.100 and two-wheelers Rs.5 at Kolhukhet. Local residents, government vehicles and trucks bringing in supplies will not be charged.

“The tourists already pay heavy entry fee at various places in Mussoorie and reintroduction of the entry tax levied by the British in the form of Eco Tax smacks of anti-people and anti-businessmen attitude on the part of the Government,” rue Mahaveer Badola and Ramesh Sharma, both small businessmen based in Mussoorie’s Picture Palace area.

The authorities, however, justify the move saying the money collected as Eco Tax will be used for forestation and plastic removal activities.