With the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017-18, Indian Government has officially launched the BS-IV (BS4) grade fuel across the country. However, the BS-IV grade fuel is already on sell in most of the cities and all metros in India.
Following the recent ban on BS-III compliant vehicles, the government took their efforts on the next level in order to minimise the pollutants emission from the automobiles in the country. Few major cities in India are named among the most polluted cities in the world.
On April 1, 2017, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, formally launched BS-IV grade fuel nationwide from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. With this implementation, the upgraded fuel will be made available in several small cities and town likes of Varanasi, Durgapur, Gorakhpur, Imphal, Ranchi, Madurai, Nagpur, Guwahati and Shillong and others.
On the occasion of Utkal Divas (formation day of state) in Odisha, Minister Pradhan said, from today India will have 'Only BS-IV' fuels." He added, "even though India is not a major polluting country, we shall stand by Hon'ble Prime Minister's commitment at COP-21 in Paris that India will substantially reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years. Now the next step is to usher in BS-VI fuels, which are expected to reach India by 1st April 2020, to be at par with global standards.”
Based on the reports made available, the Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) in the country are incurring an expenditure of INR 90,000 Crore on the stage-wise updations on fuel quality. The minister also acknowledged and admired the efforts made by the companies for setting up the refining infrastructure and logistics in the record time for the Bharat Stage IV fuel grade.
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