The government has today decided to introduce Bharat Stage-VI grade fuel in 2018 instead of introducing it in 2020.
It was reported that the decision was taken to curb the problem of air pollution in the capital.
The announcement was introduced by Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan made the announcement.
The statement from the Petroleum Ministry reads, “Taking into account the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas, Petroleum Ministry in consultation with public sector oil marketing companies has decided for preponement of BS-VI grade auto fuels in national capital territory of Delhi with effect from April 1, 2018 instead of April 1, 2020”.
Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan moved to Twitter and posted, “the decision to prepone the introduction of BS-VI grade fuel in NCT of Delhi w.e.f. 1st April 2018 in place of 1st April 2020 as a sincere effort to curb the vehicular pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas.”
It was learned that the decision was taken by the ministry after discussing the matter with oil marketing companies in Delhi and adjoining areas.
Ministry said in a statement, “I don’t foresee any mainline player with multiple models being able to launch complete portfolio of BS VI compliant vehicles by April 2018”.