Considering the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas, the Union Petroleum Ministry on 15 November 2017 announced the preponement of introduction of BS (Bharat Stage)-VI grade auto fuels in National Capital Terrirtory, Delhi with effect from 1 April 2018 instead of 1 April 2020.
The decision was taken in consultation with Public Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs). These OMCs were also asked to examine the possibility of introduction of BS-VI auto fuels in the whole of NCR area with effect from April 2019.
The decision is aimed at reducing the vehicular emissions and improving the fuel efficiency to reduce the carbon footprints and keep a healthy environment.
Bharat Stage (BS) norms are the regulatory pathway for fuel quality and vehicle emissions standards.
The Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas introduced the BS-IV grade transportation fuels across the country in April 2017. With the launch of BS-IV grade fuel, a new era of clean transportation fuels began, which benefitted all citizens by significantly reducing pollution levels.
As a next step, Union Government, in consultation with OMCs, decided to meet international best practices by moving directly from BS-IV to BS-VI grade, skipping BS-V altogether. Oil refining companies are making huge investments to produce the BS-VI grade fuels.
This measure is expected to help in easing the problem of air pollution in NCT of Delhi and surrounding areas.
Who: Union Government
When: 15 November 2017