India Advances Launch Of Euro-VI Fuels For Smog-hit Delhi

The decision to impose BS VI norms will make cars sports utility vehicles, trucks and buses more expensive

The government has chose to advance the Bharat Stage-VI grade auto fuel norms by two years, to be now implemented from April 1,2018 instead of April 1,2020, prompted by worsening air quality in Delhi.

The Ministry of Petroleum and natural Gas has successfully introduced the BS-IV grade transportation fuels across the country from April, 1, 2017. The Oil Ministry had assured the supply of Bharat Stage-VI fuel to meet this promise.

The oil ministry said all vehicles plying in the capital will have to move to the new fuel from April 2018 to reduce emissions. Cancer causing particulate matter emissions from diesel engined cars will also come down by a phenomenal 80 per cent.

The automobile industry, which contributes 7.5% to the country's gross domestic product, is still anxious whether refineries are will be able to supply sufficient BS-VI-grade fuel across the country, even though the government has vowed to do that.

RC Bhargava, chairman at Maruti Suzuki Ltd., said: "BS-IV compliant vehicles can run on BS-VI fuel if made available".

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It says this step is expected to help mitigate the problem of air pollution in NCT of Delhi and surrounding areas.

The Ministry has also directed the oil firms to examine the possibility of introducing BS-VI auto fuels in the entire National Capital Region by April 2019.

However, manufacturers fear that the automotive industry could be later forced by a quasi-judicial body like National Green Tribunal (NGT) to either launch BS-VI vehicles or halt sales in Delhi altogether. That grade is equivalent to Europe's Euro-6 fuel emissions standard, the report added.

Delhi is one of the single largest auto and two-wheeler markets in India accounting for 7 percent of India's total vehicle volumes and 25 percent of total sales in north India.

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