Clean Petrol, Diesel at Delhi Petrol Pumps starting tomorrow
In a bid to combat alarming levels of air pollution, ultra-clean Euro-VI grade petrol and diesel will be supplied in Delhi from April 1.
Delhi will be the first city in the country to leapfrog from Euro-IV grade petrol and diesel to Euro-VI.
Cities in the national capital region such as Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram and Faridabad as well as 13 major cities, including Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Pune, will switch over to cleaner Euro-VI grade fuel from January 1 next year.
State-owned oil firms will begin supplying the BS-VI petrol and diesel at all their 391 petrol pumps in the national capital territory (NCT) from Sunday, said Indian Oil Corp (IOC) director (refineries) BV Rama Gopal.
“Rest assured we don’t have plans of passing on the cost to consumers. There are no plans to recover (the cost) from customers immediately,” he told reporters. He said a mechanism of recovering the cost when the whole country shifts to Euro-VI grade fuel would be worked out.
Other refineries are in the process of being upgraded, he said.
India had in 2015 decided to leapfrog to Euro-VI emission norm compliant petrol and diesel from April 2020, from the Euro-IV grade at present. Euro-VI grade fuel contains 10 parts per million (ppm) of sulphur as against 50 ppm in Euro-IV fuels.
“BS-VI petrol and diesel supplies from tomorrow give comfort to automobiles manufacturers that supplies of cleaner fuel would not be a problem,” the official said.
Previously, the fuels meeting Euro-IV or Bharat Stage (BS)-IV specifications were to be supplied throughout the country by April 2017 and BS-V or Euro-V grade fuel by April 1, 2020. But now the government plans to switch over directly from BS-IV to BS-VI auto fuels.