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Euro VI compliant fuel may be introduced in Indian metros ahead of April 1, 2020 deadline

Euro VI compliant fuel may be introduced in the metros in India much ahead of the April 1, 2020 deadline, ensuring that Delhi is accorded topmost priority in the rollout plan, union minister for roads & transport Nitin Gadkari said.

“This step would help curb vehicular pollution in the national capital and other metros,” he added. “The government is serious on this front and a high-level meeting will be held soon with participation from oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan,” Gadkari said.

India has decided to leapfrog directly from Euro IV emission norms for petrol and diesel to Euro VI standards and the oil PSUs will invest Rs 28,750 crore for the transition.

"Pollution level is too high in metros and if we could do something for these cities, it would be much beneficial," the minister said. "I want to work seriously for Delhi especially with regard to minimising its high pollution levels. We have already announced to implement Euro VI emission norms for vehicles from April 1, 2020. Now we are thinking to provide Euro VI compliant fuel in metro cities with top priority to Delhi very soon.”

A final timeframe for the roll out of Euro VI will be announced soon after the high-level meeting, he informed.

The decision came at a time when intense debate was going on about the rising level of pollution, while an innovative odd-even formula was being tried in the National Capital to check vehicular pollution.

India currently has Bharat Stage-III, equivalent of Euro-III specifications, across the country and BS-IV in major cities. BS-IV will be supplied in most big cities by April 2016 and all over the country from April 2017.