According to a report in the Economic Times, India's emission norms compliance might skip the BS-5 regulations altogether and jump straight to the BS-6 regulations. As per a Senior Official who wishes to remain anonymous, the two regulations, BS-5 and BS-6 a very much similar to each other and hence oil supplying companies could directly adopt the more modern BS-6 regulation.
This comes as a welcome news, if true, for the automobile manufacturers as it was estimated that about INR 50,000 Crore will have to be infused in upgrading engines of four-wheelers from BS-4 to BS-5. However, upgrading directly to BS-6 will put India closer to the European Union whose comparable norm, Euro 6, has already been implemented by manufacturers. As of now, the BS-4 norms are being followed in 33 cities of the country while the entire country should be getting the BS-4 compliance mandatory by 2017.
The official further added to the news that it would prove cost effective to the manufacturers to skip BS-5 and accept BS-6 the car companies operating in India would have no problems skipping BS-5 and directly upgrading to BS-6 as they have the technical knowhow to skip one level of emission and upgrade to the next.
On the hindsight, the biggest benefit from it will be a considerable increase in the quality of fuel which will be made available to the masses. This should help us in mitigating the age old cry of the international manufacturers in saying that they are unable to bring their latest engine tech to the country due to poor fuel quality that is available in the market. Thus, opting to go straight to the BS-6 emission norms it would make it possible for the manufacturers to bring in more engine options and better technology to the Indian market.