Centre advances introduction of BS-VI Norms for cars to April 2018 instead of 2020

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New Delhi, Nov 15: As air pollution reached alarming levels in Delhi and adjoining areas, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on Wednesday decided to prepone the introduction of Bharat Standard (BS)-VI compliant fuel in the national capital territory to 1 April, 2018 instead of 2020.

The ministry said in a statement “Government in consultation with stakeholders has decided to meet international best practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI grade by 1st April, 2020, skipping BS-V altogether. Oil refining companies are making huge investments in fuel up gradation projects to produce the BS-VI grade fuels”

“Taking into account the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas, Petroleum Ministry in consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies has decided for advancing of BS-VI grade auto fuels in NCT of Delhi w.e.f 01.04.2018 instead of 01.04.2020. OMCs have also been asked to examine the possibility of introduction of BS-VI auto fuels in the whole of NCR area w.e.f 01.04.2019”, it further added.

Government in consultation with stakeholders has decided to meet international best practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI grade by 1st April, 2020, skipping BS-V altogether. Oil refining companies are making huge investments in fuel up gradation projects to produce the BS-VI grade fuels.

Earlier, BS-VI compliant fuel was supposed to be implemented from 1 April, 2020.

These guidelines keep a check on the emission levels by setting certain limits for vehicles. In the proposed BS-VI fuel the amount of sulphur for both petrol and diesel is limited to a maximum of 10ppm which is quite similar to that in EURO 6 fuel.

Wefornews Bureau

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