Indian government has decided to leapfrog to BS-VI emission standards directly and skip BS-V. The norms will be implemented pan India from April 1, 2020. The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Minister of Heavy Industries Anant Geete and other government officials were also present at the meeting and the decision was made unanimously.
Reportedly, Petroleum Ministry will be spending. Rs 30,000 crore on the upgradation of refineries that would help them deliver the required fuel grade. According to the previous plan, BS-V norms would have been applied from 2019, subsequently BS-VI in 2023. SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) officials had previously expressed concerns and suggested that the industry was not ready to adopt BS-VI standards directly and this may result in reliability issues.
Mr. Gadkari said “I am confident the automobile industry will support us on this move. We will support them in the difficulties that they face but to control pollution, they also need to support us…Many auto companies already export car engines which support the BS VI norms. Moreover, we have given them time till 2020 to implement it,” At present, more than 50 cities in India adhere to BS-IV norms, while the rest still follow BS-III standards.