A day after the ban on the selling and purchasing of all BS-III vehicles, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launches BS-IV compliant fuel in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on April 1.
A day after the ban on the selling and purchasing of all BS-III vehicles, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launches BS-IV compliant fuel in Bhubaneswar, Odisha on April 1. Starting today, all state-run oil marketing companies will provide BS-IV-compliant fuel at their 53,500 retail fuel stations across the country. In the launch event he said, “”By 2020 India to launch BS-VI compliant fuel.” Later while addressing the media he congratulated people on the addition to another Swachh Bharat Abhiyan feature. He said, “I congratulate people on commencement of sale of BS IV compliant fuel; it adds another feature to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”
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These emission norms were initially put into place in 2000 and has now upgraded from India 2000 to BSII to BSIII and now BSIV. These emission norms essentially mean that any motor vehicle that is plying on the road has to adhere to a specific emission norm after a decided date is decided by the Government of India and ruling is passed by the Supreme Court of India after approval of the proposal.
New emission norms are being introduced because of the escalated pollution level in the country which is raising concern among environmental bodies. Different vehicle categories like two-wheelers, passenger cars or commercial vehicles have different emission levels. This has helped in reducing the overall pollution levels when compared to a norm not being in place at all.
On 29th March, 2017, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgement where sale or registration of BSIII vehicles would stop from 1st April, 2017. Although a number of car manufacturers were way before the deadline and upgraded their vehicles to BSIV last year itself, two-wheeler manufacturers in the passenger segment have been worst hit. Although, Bajaj was one of the first two-wheeler company to upgrade their entire lineup to BSIV which was officially announced on 15th February, 2017.