Now, given the fact that the pollution levels have reached serious levels, the Petroleum Ministry in consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies has decided for pre-ponement of BS-VI grade auto fuels in NCT of Delhi with effect from April 1, 2018 instead of April 1, 2020.
The Petroleum Ministry will introduce Bharat Stage VI norms next year to curb pollution in the national capital, Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said Wednesday. Though there was a huge loss that the two-wheeler and Commercial vehicle industry incurred, the step was in the right direction, especially considering that cuts in emissions were the need of the hour.
Currently, BS-IV is being followed but the government had earlier decided on skipping BS-V altogether to implement the BS-VI norms. The Oil Ministry had assured the supply of Bharat Stage-VI fuel to meet this promise.
The decision to impose BS VI norms will make cars, sports utility vehicles (SUVs), trucks and buses more expensive.
In 2016, after a lot of debate and discussions, government had chose to leapfrog directly from BS-IV to BS-VI grade by 1st April, 2020, skipping BS-V altogether.
The government of India in its bid to reiterate the commitment made at COP 21 for reducing vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency with an aim to reduce the carbon footprints, has said that OMCs have been asked to examine the possibility of making available BS-VI auto grade fuel in the whole of NCR region by April, 1,2019.
"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. "These will not be able to run on BS-IV fuel without causing any harm to the engine and exhaust system", said another official from a vehicle making company.
"BS-VI will be the biggest advancement in engine and emission technology ever introduced in India".