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BS-IV fuel will be made available across the country by next year

BS-IV fuel will be made available across the country by next year
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Tuesday 02 August 2016, 17:31 PM

By April 1, 2017 the entire country will be supplied by BS-IV auto fuels. The Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply giving out details in a phased manner. To begin with, the first phase which was completed by April 2015, covered the whole of north India including – Jammu and Kashmir (except Leh/Kargil), Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, and certain areas of western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

 

The second phase which concluded in April 2016 covered Southern Indian states of Goa, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha, and Kerala along with a few parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The second phase also covered the Union territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra-Nagar-Haveli and Andaman & Nicobar. Moreover, the corridor spanning the highway link through Gujarat and Rajasthan linking the Northern India to the ports on the West Coast were also covered. The rest of the country will be receiving the BS-IV quality fuel by April 2017.

The order dated May 22, 2015 from the ministry conveys the readiness of all Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and other stakeholders to switch from BS-IV to BS-VI quality fuel with effect from April 2020. For this purpose, the OMCs have been upgrading their refineries with an investment of Rs 30,000 crore for 100 per cent BS-IV fuel quality to be delivered by April 2017. Moreover, an additional investment of Rs 30,000 crore has been estimated for BS-VI fuel quality upgradation.

 

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