The Petroleum ministry today said to counter the spiralling pollution in Delhi, it will launch it will introduce an advanced, cleaner fuel next year, which was scheduled to arrive in 2020. The BS-6 auto fuel, which is two stages ahead of the currently available BS-IV fuel, will be available in Delhi from April 1.
A communique from the ministry today said, “taking into account the serious pollution levels in Delhi and adjoining areas,” it has been decided to fast-forward the date of BS-VI grade auto fuel launch.
The oil marketing companies, who have already been taken on board, have also been asked to examine the possibility of introduction of BS-VI auto fuels in the whole of National Capital Region by April 2019. To make the change, two-thirds of the state-owned refineries will need upgradation, which, the government says, is expected to cost Rs. 60,000 crore.