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BS-VI fuel to bring down sulphur level by 80% from BS-IV: Pradhan

BS-VI fuel to bring down sulphur level by 80% from BS-IV: Pradhan
New Delhi: In order to combat the upward pollution level, the Centre rolled out ultra-clean Bharat Stage-VI grade fuel, both petrol and diesel in the national capital.
BS-VI fuel will bring down Sulfur (S) content to 10 parts per Million (ppm) from the existing level of 50 ppm—a resounding 80 per cent reduction that makes this fuel extremely clean. This will improve emissions from the existing fleet, even from the older vehicles on road, while allowing more advanced emissions control systems to be fitted in BS-VI vehicles when they begin to roll out.
BS-VI fuels would be supplied through the 388 retail outlets of Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, the three oil marketing companies. The OMC's are investing nearly 30,000 crore to shift to the latest BS-VI fuel specifications.
With this, Delhi became the first city in the country to switch from BS-IV grade fuels to BS-VI. BS-VI fuel is equivalent to fuel meeting Euro-VI emission norms.
Apart from Delhi, cities like Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, Faridabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune will also switch over to cleaner BS-VI grade fuel from January 1, 2019. It will be rolled out in rest of the country by April 2020, the oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said during the inauguration programme here at the Constitution Club on Monday.
"The initiative is the commitment of the government to deliver energy justice to the common man," Pradhan also mentioned while addressing the occasion.
Adding further the minister also mentioned, "We also requested the GST council to include Petro products into the GST ambit."
Pradhan also said that introduction of BSVI compliant fuel will help our Capital city lower the alarming levels of air pollution and is a step forward in providing sustainable solutions towards a cleaner and healthier future.
He also urged the automobile industry to expedite the introduction of new BS-VI compliant vehicles in the market.
The minister also assured them that the government is committed to meet the deadline of pan-India BS-VI roll out by April 1, 2020. Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science & Environment (CSE) also mentioned that the government at the Centre has walked the talk on BS-VI fuels and now it is incumbent on automobile industry to fulfill their commitment.
Currently BS-IV grade fuels are being supplied across the nation since April, 2017 with 50 ppm of sulfur content .In 2016; Soumitra Choudhury committee asked the government to leapfrog from BS-IV to BS-VI by 2020 by skipping the BS V stage all together, the oil minister added.
Simontini Bhattacharjee

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