Oil retailers to submit affidavit to SC on clean fuel schedule
The filing of the affidavit is part of the process that the oil companies have to follow before the country takes a leap into new vehicle emission norms.
On April 1 this year, 13 cities, where BS–III vehicle emission norms are currently being followed, are scheduled to upgrade to BS–IV emission norms (equivalent to Euro-IV), while other parts of the country will move to BS–III emission norms.
Incidentally, there is no clear picture on the modalities of the new norms yet, when there is less than two months to go for the same. “There has been no official communication from the ministry, but we expect the decision soon,” Pawan Goenka, president, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), said.
On the contrary, the petroleum ministry looks firm on sticking to the deadline for the BS–IV, while BS–III, they say, will be implemented gradually.
“We are sticking to the deadline. From April 1, the 13 cities will move up to BS–IV and others will move up to BS–III gradually,” S Sundareshan, secretary, ministry of petroleum and & natural gas, told FE, adding that there would be a notification and a time table circulated on the availability of the BS–III fuel.
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