India for stricter emission norms, says to leapfrog to BS-VI from 2020

India, in its bid to lower vehicular pollution, has decided to leapfrog to Bharat Stage (BS) VI emission norms from 2020, four years ahead of an earlier proposed schedule, a government statement said.

It said the decision to make a marked shift to newer norms by skipping BS-V was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari. The meeting was also attended by ministers of heavy industries and public enterprises, environment and forests, and petroleum and natural gas.

“The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has assured supply of BS-VI fuel across the country by 01.04.2020. The Ministry has withdrawn an earlier draft which had suggested shifting to BS-VI after switch to BS-V. The Ministry is also sure that the Indian Automobile industry with its technical competence and commitment to environment will rise to the occasion and support the decision,” the statement said, calling the decision a bold move.

The Auto Fuel Policy had recommended implementation of BS-VI norms by 2024. Earlier in the draft notification by the ministry the date was advanced to April 1, 2021 and now it has been further advanced to 2020, the statement said.

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