Taking into account the
serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas, Petroleum Ministry in
consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) has decided for advancing
of BS-VI grade auto fuels in NCT of Delhi with effect from April 1, 2018,
instead of April 1, 2020. OMCs have also been asked to examine the possibility
of introduction of BS-VI auto fuels in the whole of NCR area with effect from
April 1, 2019.
The Ministry of Petroleum and
natural Gas has successfully introduced the BS-IV grade transportation fuels
across the country w.e.f April 1st 2017. As a next step in this direction, the Government
in consultation with stakeholders had decided to meet international best
practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI grade by April 1, 2020,
skipping BS-V altogether. Oil refining companies are making huge investments in
fuel up gradation projects to produce the BS-VI grade fuels.
This latest measure is
expected to help mitigate the problem of air pollution in NCT of Delhi and
Commenting on this latest move by the government, Nawneet Vibhaw, ?Associate Partner, Khaitan & Co.said, “While we understand that this step has been triggered by the deterioration in air quality in the national capital and adjoining areas, we sincerely hope that all stakeholders have been duly consulted as it is not an easy task. The vehicle manufacturers as well as the oil companies will find it very hard to meet the deadline. We are aware of the apprehensions and difficulties expressed by many of them when the ban on the sale of diesel vehicles was imposed earlier. We need to be more proactive than reactive.”
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