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BS-V emission norms to be implemented across India from 2019

BS-V emission norms to be implemented across India from 2019
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Thursday 29 October 2015, 16:19 PM

For a while now rumors had been doing rounds that government may skip the BS-V stage emission standard and may directly bring-in BS-VI. As per a fresh update, a circular on the website of the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas states that it would introduce and implement BS-V emission norms from 2019, while the BS-VI would be implemented in 2023.

At present, BS-IV norm is implemented in more than 50 cities, in places where required fuel type is available. Whereas in the rest of cities where the required fuel type is not available, BS-III standards would be followed. The circular further does on to state that BS-IV emission norms would be applicable nationwide by April 2017. As quoted to sources by an official from Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), “The decision by the government to not skip the BS-V emission standard is a logical option. While BS-V requires vehicles in India to be fitted with a diesel particulate filter, BS-VI involves the optimisation of selective catalytic reduction technology. Leapfrogging to BS-VI wouldn’t give automakers enough time to validate these technologies, which could have led to major reliability issues in vehicles.”

Earlier automakers had also protested on the decision to skip BS-V norms as making required design changes was not a feasible option for now. Internal studies conducted by the government also supported this claim and later decided on settling for BS-V emission standard.

Source: ACI


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