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In a bid to curb vehicular pollution, the government on Wednesday decided to implement stricter emission norms of Bharat Stage (BS) VI from April 1, 2020, by skipping BS-V altogether.
The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, which was attended by Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
“Government has decided to leapfrog from BS-IV to BS-VI directly by April 1, 2020. We have decided to skip BS-V emission norms. It is a bold decision and a commitment to environment,” Mr. Gadkari said.
All the other ministries have assured cooperation to make the implementation successful, he added.
At present, BS-IV auto fuels are being supplied in whole of northern India, parts of Rajasthan and western UP. The rest of the country has BS-III grade fuel.
From: The Hindu