April 2017 witnessed the Supreme Court ban of sale/registration on all new BS-III vehicles across India thereby allowing only BS-IV vehicles to go on sale. This initiative was begun in 2000 by the Government of India by introducing Bharat Stage Emission norms (BS) to curb the rising pollution levels in the country. Now, the launch of BS-IV vehicles is followed by yet another move, the launch of BS-IV graded fuel in the country.
On April 1st, 2017, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas, officially launched BS-IV grade fuels from Bhubaneshwar in Odisha and 12 other cities through live video links. The BS-IV fuels will now be available to all smaller towns and cities as well in the country thereby contributing to a successful nationwide movement. The Minister appreciated the sincere effort and commitment of all the Oil Marketing Companies that made this move possible in record time by setting up better infrastructure for refining fuels and also transportation. The expenditure costs for the phase wise upgradation of fuel quality is around 90000 crore for these companies. The Minister stated that their next step will be to prepare for launch of BS-VI fuels by 2020.
India is on the path to a greener environment with more eco-friendly vehicles, lower emissions and good grade fuels.
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