Mashelkar Wants 11 Major Cities Under Euro-IV Norms By 2010

New Delhi, September 25: | Updated: Sep 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
The Mashelkar Committee on auto fuel policy has recommended Euro-IV emission norms in 11 major cities and Euro-III norms in the rest of the country by 2010. This would require an estimated Rs 55,000-crore investment, out of which the oil industry would need to put in Rs 18,000 crore up to 2005, and the additional Rs 12,000 crore up to 2010. The auto industry would have to pitch in another Rs 25,000 crore.

The committee, which submitted its final report to petroleum and natural gas minister Ram Naik here on Wednesday, has recommended that Euro III equivalent emission norms be implemented in the entire country and Euro IV norms in the four metros and Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur and Agra from 10.

It also suggested enlarging the Bharat stage-II emission norms for vehicles in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur and Agra by April 03. At present, Bharat stage-II emission norms are applicable only in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Euro-III equivalent emission norms for all private vehicles, city public service vehicles and city commercial vehicles should be implemented from April 1, 05, it said, adding Euro-IV equivalent emission norms should come into force from April 1, 10.

Recommending upgradation of petrol and diesel to meet vehicular emission norms, the panel suggested use of CNG/LPG on sustainable basis in cities where the vehicular pollution is high. Accepting the report, Mr Naik said the government would study it in two months and then announce a roadmap for its implementation.

The committee has estimated that by implementing its recommendations, vehicular pollution load in major cities would reduce by up to 60 per cent from the pollution levels of 2002, in spite of 50 pc increase in the traffic load by 2010.