Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that with rising pollution in the country, the Centre has decided to make BS VI mandatory for all vehicles from April 1. Speaking to reporters today, he also urged the automobile industry to work in accordance and help reduce pollution in the country. “Pollution biggest issue in India. Everyone knows the situation in Delhi. We decided to make BS VI mandatory from April 1. I appeal automobile industry to work accordingly & help reduce pollution. Alternative fuel & bio-fuel is being emphasised upon in India,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier in the day, the German automaker Mercedes-Benz launched a BS-VI-compliant S Class produced in its Pune facility. It also received the certificate of compliance to the CMVR (Central motor vehicles rule) from the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) at an event that was attended by the minister.In its effort to fight the menace of pollution in the country, the Centre in 2016 decided to migrate to BS-VI directly by skipping one stage from BS-IV from April 2020. As of now, all new vehicles that are being registered are BS-IV-emission compliant.
The company said that the new car, which can be run with the help of BS-IV fuel, will reduce NOx by 68 percent and PM by 82 percent, and after the country moves to BS-IV fuels, this will reduce CO2 burden by 13 percent and demand of fuel by 10 percent.”We are glad to fulfil our commitment to customers and to the government vision by introducing BS-VI compliant vehicles. Our vehicles are world-class and they comply with the most stringent emission standards, and the ARAI-certified new BS-VI vehicles reiterate this high benchmark,” Mercedes-Benz India managing director and chief executive Roland Folger as saying by PTI at the event.
He further said that the introduction of India’s first BS-VI vehicles is a huge achievement and the company believed that it would give way for other manufacturing firms to introduce their vehicles new emission regulations. Folger observed that this would lead to the adoption of cleaner vehicles and achieve the objective of better air.