Starting from April 1 2020; our India will move to updated BS6 emission norms, for both diesel as well as petrol. Several states have already started adopting this change with Delhi being the first back in June 2019.
The NCR (National Capital Region) is among the early adopters of the cleaner and more environment-friendly fuel. Regions of NCR, including four districts of Rajasthan (Dhaulpur, Karauli, Alwar, and Bharatpur), eight districts of Uttar Pradesh (Muzzafarnagar, Meerut, Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshar, Shamli and Baghpat). Along with the regions from NCR and UP Agra city has started using BS6 fuel.
As of October 1, 2019 fuel outlets of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) have started supplying BS6 grade petrol and BS6 grade diesel in various districts of NCR which include Gurugram, Jhajjar, Palwal, Mewat, Rewari, Mahendraghar and Faridabad. Besides those, the IOCL fuel outlets in Mathura and Panipat started providing BS6 grade petrol and diesel.
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Rolling out BS6 Fuel (BS-VI) fuel into these seven districts is a massive change, Around 650000 metric tonnes of fuel at 13 oil bulk locations have now been updated to BS6 grade from existing BSIV specifications. The applaudable part being all this happened six months ahead of the deadline.
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Technically BS6 fuel is indeed less potent as compared to BS-IV but kinder to the environment. A change within two regions has meant updating 650000 metric tonnes of fuel. You can now guess how massive the nationwide change will be. Looking at what’s happening already, we can say India is capable of handling that change.
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