Seven states to get clean fuel from April 1

New Delhi, March 24 | Updated: Mar 25 2005, 05:30am hrs
Supplies of ultra low sulphur content petrol and diesel will begin in all but seven states from April 1.

Following the Cabinet approval, petrol and diesel confirming to Euro-III vehicular emission norms would be available in 11 major cities and Euro-II grade petrol in rest of the country from next month. However, Euro-II grade diesel would be supplied in all states expect Rajasthan, western Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, where the clean fuel would be introduced by October 1.

"The Union Cabinet has given its approval for deferring introduction of Bharat Stage-II (Euro-II) diesel fuel in seven states by six months," information and broadcasting minister Jaipal Reddy told reporters after the Cabinet meeting here.

Euro-III grade petrol and diesel would be supplied in Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat, Kanpur and Agra and Euro-II grade petrol in rest of the country from April 1. But due to supply constraints, diesel of Euro-II (Bharat Stage-II) grade would be available by October 1 against April 1, he said.

The national auto fuel policy, drafted for cutting pollution, envisages supply of diesel with 0.035% sulphur and cetane number 51 and petrol with 1% benzene and octane number 91 in 11 cities from April. The implementation of the clean fuel programme will impact the cost of petrol and diesel.