Centre formally starts sale of BS-IV fuel

Centre formally starts sale of BS-IV fuel

With BS-IV norms coming into force from April 1, the sale of eco-friendly and low-emission grade fuel was formally commenced from 13 locations across the country on Saturday.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan launched BS-IV grade transport fuel at a function in Bhubaneswar, which signalled the sale, also in Varanasi, Vijayawada, Durgapur, Gorakhpur, Imphal, Bhopal, Ranchi, Madurai, Nagpur, Patna, Guwahati and Shillong. The launch came three days after the Supreme Court ruled that vehicles not complying with the new standards cannot be sold or registered. BS-IV fuel with 50 ppm sulphur was introduced in 2010 with a target to cover the entire country by April 1, 2017.  

Last year, the Centre decided to meet the international best practices by leapfrogging directly from BS-IV to BS-VI norms, skipping BS-V altogether, by April 1, 2020.

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