The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that it will advance by two years the deadline for supply of Euro-VI petrol and diesel and start supplying these in Delhi from April 1, considering the “serious pollution levels” in Delhi and adjoining areas.
The government in an affidavit filed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) said this to a bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph and Deepak Gupta.
The Centre’s affidavit came in response to the court’s February 5 directions whereby it had asked to clear its position on the availability of Bharat Stage (BS)-VI emission standard compliant fuel in Delhi.
BS-VI emission standard was scheduled to come into force from April 1, 2020 across the country.
“In view of the confirmation given by the oil marketing companies (OMCs) and taking into account the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas and as per the decision taken by the ministry in consultation with OMCs, it is respectfully submitted that BS-VI auto fuels will be supplied in all the retail outlets of NCT of Delhi from April 1, 2018,” the affidavit said.
It said that “after considering the environmental benefits of early introduction of BS-VI fuels, it was decided to advance the supply of BS-VI in NCT of Delhi from April 1 itself and necessary directions were issued to the OMCs vide dated November 15, 2017.” Read More