Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan formally launched BS-IV grade transportation fuels across the country from Bhubaneswar today (April 1, 2017) coinciding with Utkal Divas (formation day of the State) being celebrated in Odisha.
The launch of BS-IV fuels symbolically commenced sale of the eco-friendly and low-emission fuels from 12 different locations across the country through live video links – Varanasi, Vijayawada, Durgapur, Gorakhpur, Imphal, Bhopal, Ranchi, Madurai, Nagpur, Patna, Guwahati and Shillong.
Later, the Petroleum Minister also handed over a deposit-free domestic LPG connection under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY) scheme to Swalia Bibi of Shikharchan Basti in Bhubaneswar to mark the completion of release of 2 crore LPG connections to women beneficiaries from below poverty line (BPL) households across the country under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana(PMUY).
The Minister reiterated the Ministry’s commitment to usher in a new era of clean transportation fuels to benefit all citizens of our country by substantially reducing pollution levels everywhere. He said that from today India will have “Only BS-IV” fuels.
It may be noted that ending the sale of BS III vehicles from today had triggered immense rush for the sale of inventory and existing stock of two wheelers and other vehicles on Friday throughout the country.
The minister complimented the OMCs for working in unison to set up refining infrastructure and logistics in record time for the launch of BS-IV grade fuels across the country as per schedule and incurring an expenditure of Rs. 90,000 crore on phase-wise upgradation of fuel quality in the country.
He said though India is not a major polluting country, its commitment at COP-21 in Paris that India will substantially reduce carbon emissions and greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years has become operational now. Migration to BS-IV fuels shows India’s resolve to cut down emissions. The next step is to usher in BS-VI fuels by 1st April, 2020, to be at par with global standards, he said.
Here is the roadmap to India’s Path to Green Fuels
- India’s fuel quality standards have been gradually tightened since the mid-1990s. The fuel upgradation programme took off with notification of vehicular emission norms for new vehicles in 1991.
- The emission norms were revised in 1996. Low-lead gasoline was introduced in 1994 in the four metros, Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
- On Feb 1, 2000, unleaded gasoline was mandated nationwide.
- BS 2000 (Euro I equivalent, Bharat Stage I) vehicle emission norms were introduced for new vehicles from April 2000.
- Bharat Stage II (Euro II equivalent) emission norms for new cars were introduced in Delhi from the year 2000 and extended to the other three metro cities in the year 2001.
- The emission norms for CNG and LPG vehicles were notified in the year 2000 and 2001, respectively. BS-III was implemented in phases during 2005-2010.
- The current BS-IV fuel with 50 ppm (parts per million) sulphur was introduced in the year 2010 and it was to cover the entire country by 1-4-2017.
- In 2016, the Govt. of India decided to meet international best practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI norms by skipping BS-V altogether by 1st April, 2020.
- As the technology for BS V is not very different, it was rightly decided to go straight to BS VI grade fuels from BS IV.
- As part of its focus on clean energy, the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas is actively promoting city gas distribution networks and connecting major cities with “green highways,” which will have vehicles running on CNG and LNG with adequate re-fuelling stations.
- Lakhs of households are getting the benefits of piped natural gas (PNG) supplies.
- 27.5 lakh vehicles in the country are benefiting from availability of CNG.
- So far, 80 cities / districts of 19 States/UTs have been covered for development of PNG/CNG network.
(Release ID :160405)