“Delhi government has reduced Value Added Tax (VAT) on hybrid cars, battery-operated vehicles and e-rickshaws from 12.5 per cent to 5 per cent, projecting it as a step towards reducing air pollution in the city. The reduction was one of the measures announced in the 2016-17 budget. The revised VAT rates which will reduce the cost of a host of items including marble, sweets, ‘namkeens’, school bags, footwear and ready-made garments have come into effect following a notification issued on May 10.
“The government termed it as a step towards making VAT rates in Delhi the lowest in the country. ‘This step apart from promoting eco-friendly vehicles to reduce pollution in the city will also bring relief to large number of entrepreneurs earning their livelihood by plying e-rickshaws. It is expected that a large number of consumers will shift from petrol or diesel vehicles to hybrid vehicles,’ an official statement said.” The Indian Express. Read it on delhiair.org.