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Indian Oil Corporation expands availability of cleaner BS-IV grade fuels

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Indian Oil Corporation, the country’s largest fuel retailer, has now made BS-IV grade fuels available in 63 cities, in line with the mandate of the Government of India.

IndianOil pioneered the introduction of BS-IV grade fuels in 13 cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, in a phased manner between April - October 2010. The company has since expanded this to a total of 50 cities, as of mid March 2015.

IndianOil’s refineries in Gujarat, Haldia, Mathura and Panipat have been revamped crore to produce BS-IV grade fuels, at an expenditure of approximately Rs.15 000. However, in order to ensure a steady supply of BS-IV grade fuels to the entire country by 1 April 2017, IndianOil is investing another Rs.3100 crore to develop 100% BS-IV compliant MS and HSD production facilities at its Gujarat and Barauni refineries.

BS-IV grade fuels are now being supplied to the states of Harayana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, J&K (except Leh/Kargil), Punjab (including the Union Territory of Chandigarh), four districts in Rajasthan (Bharatpur, Alwar, Hanumangarh and Sriganganagar) and 28 districts in Uttar Pradesh (Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpet, Merrut, Bijnor, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshar, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Rampur, Moradabad, Aligarh, Badaun, Bareilly, Mathura, Mahamaya Nagar, Itah, Agra, Firozabad, Etawah & Manipuri, Pilibhit, Shamli, Sambhal, Farukkabad, Kannauj, Auria and Kashganj).

In line with recommendations from the Expert Committee on Auto Fuel Vision & Policy – 2025, and as per the directive of MoP&NG, IndianOil is gearing up its supply and distribution network to ensure the availability of BS-IV grade fuels by 1 April 2016 to the states of Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and the Union Territory of Daman and Due, Dadra-Nagar-Haveli, Andaman and Nicobar, parts of Maharashtra (Thane and Pune districts) and parts of Gujarat (Surat, Valsad, Dangs and Tapi districts). The corridor spanning the highway link through Gujarat and Rajasthan, linking Northern India to the ports on the West coast, will also be covered.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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