Government decides to directly shift from BS-IV to BS-VI Emission norms
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has decided to leapfrog from BS-IV to BS-VI emission norms directly by 01.04.2020. A unanimous decision was taken today in a meeting chaired by Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari and attended by Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Anant Geete, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar, and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan along with senior officials of the Ministries to directly switch over to BS-VI emission norms from the present BS-IV emission norms. Therefore, the Government has taken a bold decision to skip BS-V emission norms altogether.
The Ministry will soon issue a notification in this regard. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has assured supply of BS-VI fuel across the country by 01.04.2020. The Ministry has withdrawn an earlier draft which had suggested shifting to BS-VI after switch to BS-V. The Ministry is also sure that the Indian Automobile industry with its technical competence and commitment to environment will rise to the occasion and support the decision.
It may be mentioned that the Auto Fuel Policy had recommended implementation of BS-VI norms by 2024. Earlier in the draft notification by the Ministry the date was advanced to 01.04.2021 and now it has been further advanced to 01.04.2020.
Source press release by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways ,06-January, 2016