The world’s toughest vehicle emission standards will take effect two years early in the national capital, the government said on Wednesday, as it attempts to reduce exhaust fumes and tackle pollution.
Bharat Stage-VI (BS-VI) norms will now be enforced with effect from 1 April 2018 in the national capital region (NCR) centred on Delhi, the petroleum ministry said.
“Taking into account the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas, Petroleum Ministry in consultation with public oil marketing companies has decided for preponement 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,” the ministry said in a statement.
“This measure is expected to help mitigate the problem of air pollution in NCT of Delhi and surrounding areas,” the ministry added.
In January last year, the National Democratic Alliance government decided to move the country up to BS-VI from the current BS-IV standards by 2020, skipping an intermediate level. Even at the time, auto companies and parts makers doubted whether they would be ready in time. Read More…
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