BS VI norms advanced by two years to April 2018 in Delhi

BS VI norms advanced by two years to April 2018 in Delhi

As a next step in this direction, the Central government in consultation with stakeholders has chose to meet worldwide best practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI grade by April 1, 2020, skipping BS-V altogether.

"This (new) measure is expected to help mitigate the problem of air pollution in NCT (National Capital Territory) of Delhi and surrounding areas", it said in a statement.

With the launch of BS-IV grade fuel, a new era of clean transportation fuels has begun by substantially reducing pollution levels, the Ministry said.

"Happy to share that Government has made a decision to prepone the introduction of BS-VI grade Fuel in NCT of Delhi w.e.f. 1st April 2018 in place of 1st April 2020 as a honest effort to curb the vehicular pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas", Pradhan said. "Every manufacturer is bending its back to meet the (April 1) 2020 deadline", said an official from a Delhi-based manufacturer.

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.

Delhi-NCR is India's largest market for automobiles. Delhi also accounts for 3 percent of India's two-wheeler sales and 11 percent of north India's two-wheeler sales.

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. That grade is equivalent to Europe's Euro-6 fuel emissions standard, the report added.

The oil ministry said all vehicles plying in the capital will have to move to the new fuel from April 2018 to reduce emissions.