The increasing level of pollution in the Delhi-NCR has certainly reached a serious level, which has urged the Petroleum Ministry for preponement of the BS VI grade fuels to come into effect by April 1, 2018.
The Supreme court of India has already banned the sales of BS III compliant vehicles in the country from April 2017. Now, the BS IV compliant vehicles are on sale across the country. But, seeing the condition of Delhi-NCR, an immediate action is the need of the hour. However, it was previously scheduled to be effected from April 2020, but now the decision has been taken to skip the BS V grade auto fuels.
The Government of India has been working rigorously towards improving the air pollution in the country, which has resulted in very serious issues like fog and smog in certain cities.
The Petroleum Ministry has jointly taken this decision along with the Public Oil Marketing Companies for the immediate effect of BS VI compliant vehicles in the city. The Central government has also decided to skip the BS V grade and move to the next level directly, which will certainly be helpful in improving the deadly condition throughout the nation. To make this successful, two third of the state-owned refineries are to be updated that will cost around Rs. 60,000 crores.
As per the Centre of Science and Environment, the strategical move to BS-VI fuels will certainly bring down the level of Nitrogen Oxide emissions by 68 percent from the diesel cars and by 25 percent from the Petrol cars. Hopefully, this step will soon bring some positive results.