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BS-IV Auto Fuel to be available across India by April 2017

Snapshot: The government of India has confirmed that BS IV auto fuel will be available across the entire country by April 1, 2017 in a phased manner.

Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply that the Government has decided for supply of BS-IV auto fuels in the entire country by April 2017 in a phased manner. The supply of the BS-IV auto fuel has already been commenced in the areas covered in the first two phases.

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Earlier, the Ministry has also issued an order on May 22, 2015 to all Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) & other stakeholders conveying its readiness for switching over directly from BS-IV to BS-VI quality fuel w.e.f. April 1, 2020. In order to pursue the decision of the Government, Oil Companies have started upgrading their refineries, making an investment of Rs. 30,000 crore for 100% BS-IV fuel quality by 2017, while an additional investment of Rs. 30,000 crore has been estimated for BS-VI fuel quality upgrade.

Commenced in a phased manner, the areas to supply target date for commencement will include Whole of Northern India covering J&K (Except Leh/Kargil), Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and the bordering districts of and parts of Rajasthan and Western Uttar Pradesh completed by 1st April, 2015, while all of Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and the Union Territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra-Nagar-Haveli and Andaman & Nicobar, parts of Maharashtra and parts of Gujarat completed by April 2016.

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The government had constituted an Expert Committee under the Chairmanship of Shri Soumitra Choudhuri, Ex-member, Planning Commission (now Niti Aayog), to draft Auto Fuel Vision and Policy, 2025. The Committee has submitted its report. As per recommendations, this Ministry has notified a schedule on 19.1.2015 for phased introduction of BS-IV fuels in the entire country by 01.04.2017.

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