Delhi To Get BS VI Fuel in 2018, NCR in 2019

  • Nov 16, 2017

While skipping the BS V alone was a big step, cutting the deadline by up to two years for BS VI fuel should help contain the pollution levels in Delhi and surrounding areas

[caption id="attachment_95331" align="aligncenter" width="759"]Delhi pollution and dust (Image courtesy: Indian Express) Delhi pollution and dust (Image: Indian Express)[/caption]

After consulting with the public oil marketing companies, the ministry of petroleum and natural gas has decided to step in and help Delhi with its smog problem. The state-owned oil corporations have agreed to make BS VI-grade fuel available in Delhi by April 2018. The ministry has asked the oil corporations to see if it's possible to accommodate the entire NCR in another 12 months. The rest of India will get the cleaner fuel from April 1, 2020.

The entire country was supposed to move to BS VI by April 1, 2020. All vehicles sold after that date will have to be BS VI compliant to make the most out of the improved fuel quality. However, BS IV vehicles will also stand to gain a little. The older cars and two-wheelers will also show a slight improvement in their emissions and fuel efficiency. The lower sulphur content in the BS VI fuel will help even older vehicles spew less particulate matter and thus play a small part in limiting the amount of smog in the country's capital.


When a lot of smoke meets the fog, it mixes with the tiny atomised water droplets and continues to float in the air instead of settling down on the ground. That particulate matter leads to breathing problems for the residents. Air pollution and an extreme climate are two of the most significant reasons that mandate travelling in a car. Hence, the roads are mostly clogged with cars carrying only one occupant.

Rules like odd-even encourage people to fill up those seats and help curb pollution to an extent while also reducing the congestion.


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