A MUST FOR SSB CANDIDATE GOVT IN OVERDRIVEN ON CLEAN FUEL, USHERS IN BS VI NORMS BY 2020
GOVT IN OVERDRIVEN ON CLEAN FUEL, USHERS IN BS VI NORMS BY 2020
CLEANING THE AIR Tighter standards to come in a year earlier, but current norms get an extra year; BS V bypassed.
The Centre will enforce the more stringent Bharat Stage VI fuel emission norms for vehicles from April 1,2020, advancing the deadline by a year as part of ongoing efforts to reducing pollution.
The decision will have a major implication for diesel cars as emission load would need to reduce by three times from the present BSIV norms. On patrol cars, it would be just 30% from existing levels. The BSVI norms will also cover two-wheelers, unlike the existing norm.
The switch would result in a mid-level car getting costlier by up to rupees 50,000 and two wheeler by up to 5,000, automakers said.
“It is a game changer decision for it introduces a uniform fuel emission norm across the country unlike BSIV, which was introduced only in select cities and will cover the entire nation only by 2017,” said Anumita Roy Chawdhary of the advocacy group centre for science and environment (CSE)
The environment minister has signaled an impending change at the Paris climate summit last month, but the decision came earlier. Then expected because of the furore over-rising air pollution in major cities such as Delhi. The last time such a decision was taken was during the Atal Behari Vajapayee-led NDA government , which introduce India’s first auto fuel policy in 2002.
The decision taken at an inter-ministerial meeting headed by road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday , comes in the midst of a radical road rationing scheme introduced in Delhi that allows vehicles with odd and even last numbers to ply only on alternate days.
The deadline for implementing Bharat Stage VI was earlier planned as a two stage shift. BSIV to BSV by 2019, and on the BSVI two years after that. With Wednesday’s decision, BSV will be skipped all together. It would also mean that the less efficient BSIV standard will continue for an extra year.
Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari said there BSV and BSVI norms are not radically different, so the government had decided to skip the former.
“it is a bold and historic decision and commitment to (the) environment” Gadkari said after the meeting all the other ministers have assured co-operation, he said.
The decision will impact both automakers, who will have improve vehicles technology to make the new emission standard, and oil refineries, which will have to supply cleaner fuel.
Automakers have said in the past that they would not be able to ensure all vehicles confirmed to BSVI before 2023. They did not react to Wednesday’s decision immediately.