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Official: BS VI fuel to be available from April 1 in Delhi-NCR

Official: BS VI fuel to be available from April 1 in Delhi-NCR

Snapshot: After covering the NCR-region, the government has planned to make BS-VI grade fuel available in the rest of the country.

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The Union Government has told the Supreme Court of India that BS VI grade fuel would be available in the national capital Delhi from April 1. The government has advanced the availability of BS VI fuel by two years as earlier it was scheduled for April 1, 2020. After covering the NCR-region, the government has planned to make BS-VI grade fuel available in the rest of the country. For those asking, the government has already made the decision of skipping the BS V grade and directly switching to BS VI from BS IV grade.

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The Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry on Wednesday told a bench, headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur, that originally BS-VI fuel was to hit the market in 2020 but now it will be available from 2018 and it would be firstly introduced in Delhi from April 1. The Ministry said this in an affidavit that it was asked to file on the last hearing of the matter on February 5. The court had asked the Petroleum and Natural Gas Secretary to clear its stand on the introduction of BS-VI fuel after amicus curiae Aparajita Singh drew the attention of the court to a November 15, 2017 press release by the Press Information Bureau which said that BS-VI grade auto fuels will be introduced in NCT Delhi from April 1, 2018.

The press note said that Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies have also been asked to examine the possibility of introduction of BS-VI auto fuels in the whole of National Capital Region from April 1, 2019. It had embarked on making available BS-VI grade fuel as Environment Pollution Control Authority in its April 2017 report had told the top court that only BS-VI emission standards complaint vehicles should be allowed to be sold from April 1, 2020. Following the directions of the top court banning BS-III grade fuel, the country had switched over to BS-IV from April 1, 2017. This move was strongly resisted by the automobile manufacturers before they fell in line.

With inputs from ET Auto

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