Weekly Current Affairs

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.