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Delhi NCT introduces BSVI grade fuels

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At an event held to introduce BSVI fuels in Delhi NCT, Hon’ble Minister, Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan noted that the introduction of BSVI is a momentous occasion. He added that the decision to advance the BSVI roll out to 1 April 2018 demonstrated the commitment of the government to deliver energy justice.

At present, BSIV grade fuels have been supplied across India since April 2017 with 50 ppm sulfur content. In 2016, the government decided to leapfrog from BSIV to BSVI by 2020 by skipping the BSV stage all together.

“The decision to leapfrog to BSVI fuels instead of BSV has been taken to meet global standards on carbon emissions. India is now into an elite list of nations to have implemented EURO-VI emission norms, a step that will lead to significant reduction in vehicular pollution” said Pradhan while addressing the gathering.

Pradhan also noted that introduction of BSVI compliant fuel will help lower the alarming levels of air pollution. It is a step forward in providing sustainable solutions towards a cleaner and healthier future.

Adding further, Pradhan complimented the oil marketing companies in attendance for going the extra mile to the advance the roll out of BSVI grade fuel in Delhi from April 2018 instead of April 2020. He also urged the automobile industry to expedite the introduction of new BSVI compliant vehicles in the market.

Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), praised the Government for its proactive step to introduce BSVI grade fuels ahead of its scheduled timeline.

BSVI fuels will bring down sulfur content to 10 ppm from the existing level of 50 ppm. 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 BSVI vehicles when they begin to roll out.

BSVI fuels would be supplied through the 388 retail outlets of IOC, BPC and HPC, the three oil marketing companies. The OMC’s are investing nearly 30 000 crore to shift to the latest BSVI fuel specifications.

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