VI norms to be introduced next year in Delhi

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The government of India has announced that the Petroleum Ministry, in consultation with oil marketing companies (OMCs), has made a decision to advance the retailing of BS-VI auto-grade fuels to April 1, 2018, in Delhi.

Oil marketing companies in consultation with the Petroleum Ministry have chose to advance the roll-out of Bharat Stage (BS-VI) auto grade fuels in Delhi by two years to April 1, 2018.

BS-VI grade fuel is, however, not available in the country as of now, but sources said the government is in talks with the state-owned oil marketing companies to reconfigure their operations and make the fuel available by April next year.

Industry players, however, have said that the rollout of the higher standard fuel in Delhi does not mean that BS-VI compliant vehicles will enter the Indian market before the stipulated deadline of 2020.

"This measure is expected to help mitigate the problem of air pollution in NCT of Delhi and surrounding areas", the ministry added.

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Amid severe air pollution in Delhi-NCR and northern India, the central government has advanced the deadline to implement the Bharat Stage-VI emission norm by two years. "BS-VI compliant vehicles can only be rolled out when there is the fuel across the country". Delhi NCR region has been under a thick blanket of smog aggravating health concerns and doctors called it an emergency. "However, as far as the automobile industry is concerned, we are already working on a stretched deadline to launch BS VI vehicles by April 2020".

"Directionally, we feel it is a step in the right direction to fight pollution in Delhi", Pawan Goenka, MD of Mahindra&Mahindra, said.

"No manufacturer has BS-VI-ready vehicles for launch in India across any segments". With the launch of BS-IV grade fuel, a new era of clean transportation fuels began, substantially reducing pollution levels.

Oil refining companies are making huge investments in fuel up gradation projects to produce the BS-VI grade fuels.

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers on Wednesday welcomed the Union Petroleum Ministry's decision for early introduction of "BS-VI Gasoline and Diesel Fuel" in the national capital territory (NCT) of Delhi from April 2018, instead of April 2020.