Centre sends BS-V auto emission norms for a ‘six’ [Governance, Environment]
The Centre has notified the Bharat Stage (BS)-VI emission standards for twowheelers and four-wheelers from April 2020 across the country.
With this, the government has decided to skip the BS-V emission standards and move directly to BS-VI from BS-IV norms currently being followed in various cities.
Automobile makers have urged government to make available the testing BS-VI compliant fuel a year sooner across the country.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has given the Union Petroleum Ministry four years to make BS-VI fuels available to auto companies.
Oil companies will be investing more than Rs.60,000 crore towards BS-VI fuels.
BS-VI is the Indian equivalent of the Euro-VI norms. At present, BS-IV norms are being followed in over 30 cities while the rest of the country followBS-III norms.
The target is very stiff but the auto industry has accepted the challenge in view of the rising concerns on vehicular pollution, especially in the urban metros.
The government had earlier planned to implement BS-V norms from 2020 and BS-VI norms from 2022. However, it decided to skip BS-V norms and advance the implementation of BS-VI norms following the Supreme Court’s intervention.