India has joined a select league of nations having the world’s cleanest petrol and diesel as oil companies rolled out Euro-VI emission compliant fuels without either disruption or a price increase.
This move will remove more than the existing 40 BSIV diesel models out of the market. This comes as companies are focusing more on petrol, CNG and electric models these days.
Across India, 68,700 petrol pumps are selling cleaner fuel: Sanjiv Singh, IOC
The companies and dealers had earlier filed a petition to extend the deadline to sell the BS4 model. However, a bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta, which heard the matter on Friday through video-conferencing, made it clear that no BS-IV vehicles will be sold in Delhi-NCR from April 1, 2020.
“We are today 100 per cent supplying BS-VI petrol and diesel. All over 68,700 petrol pumps in the country are selling the cleaner fuel from today,” said Sanjiv Singh, Chairman, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) - the firm that controls roughly half of the market. He said there is no change in the retail selling price of the fuels because of the switchover.
Singh said the switch over from BS-IV to BS-VI was achieved in just three years, a feat not seen in any of the large economies around the globe.
BS-VI: Strives for cleaner emission
Bharat stage emission standards are emission norms introduced by the Indian government. These norms aim to regulate the output of air pollutants and strive for cleaner emission.
The timeline of the Bharat stage emission norms is set by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) under the Environment Ministry. The norms are in line with European regulations and were first introduced in the year 2000.
The petrol and diesel under BS-VI norms contain just 10 parts per million (ppm) sulphur. The NOx emissions will be slashed by 25 per cent in petrol cars and by 70 per cent in diesel cars.