OMCs to retail BS-VI fuels in Delhi from April,1, 2018

India advances launch of Euro-VI fuels for smog-hit Delhi

India advances launch of Euro-VI fuels for smog-hit Delhi

"Happy to share that Government has chose 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 honest effort to curb the vehicular pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas", Pradhan said. Though there was a huge loss that the two-wheeler and Commercial vehicle industry incurred, the step was in the right direction, especially considering that cuts in emissions were the need of the hour.

However, the BS-VI fuels could not be put to significant use as vehicle manufacturers who are already running against time to meet the April 1, 2020 deadline for BS-VI said it would be impossible to roll out vehicles that run on these updated engines by April 1, 2018. The Oil Ministry had assured the supply of Bharat Stage-VI fuel to meet this promise.

Pradhan didn't say in which month BS-VI norms would be introduced. "OMCs have also been asked to examine the possibility of introduction of BS-VI auto fuels in the whole of NCR area w.e.f 01.04.2019", the ministry said in a statement.

Union Transport minister Nitin Gadkari had tweeted a year ago that India will go from BS-VI directly from the current BS-IV. Objections from the National Green Tribunal scuttled the move.

The automobile industry, which contributes 7.5% to the country's gross domestic product, is still anxious whether refineries are will be able to supply sufficient BS-VI-grade fuel across the country, even though the government has vowed to do that.

"BS-VI will be the biggest advancement in engine and emission technology ever introduced in India".

Delhi is one of the single largest auto and two-wheeler markets in India accounting for 7 percent of India's total vehicle volumes and 25 percent of total sales in north India.