Com­mit­ted to Sup­ply­ing Euro VI Fuel, Says Gad­kari

The Economic Times - - Economy & Companies - Press Trust of In­dia

New Delhi: Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to sup­ply­ing Euro VI com­pli­ant fuel which will be at par with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, Union Min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari said.

“Euro VI fuel will be sup­plied by the Petroleum Min­istry com­ply­ing to in­ter­na­tional norms,” Road Trans­port, High­ways and Ship­ping Min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari told PTI. Dis­miss­ing any ap­pre­hen­sions of di­lut­ing the fuel stan­dards as false, the min­is­ter said gov­ern­ment is mak­ing sure that “what­ever stan­dards have been fixed in the world for Euro VI, will be sup­plied here.” Au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try body Siam had re­cently crit­i­cised the BS VI fuel stan­dards an­nounced in the draft no­ti­fi­ca­tion by Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways, say­ing it was di­luted.

Siam al­leged that BS VI fuel norms in the draft is “in­fe­rior” to Euro VI norms.

Terming the al­le­ga­tions “false” the min­is­ter said petroleum re­finer­ies were mak­ing a huge in­vest­ment to sup­ply Euro VI com­pli­ant fuel, which will min­imise pol­lu­tion that has be­come a big prob­lem. The gov­ern­ment had ear­lier es­ti­mated that re­finer­ies in the coun­try will in­vest about .₹ 30,000 crore to up­grade to the Euro VI fuel stan­dards. Siam has de­manded “ex­actly the same BS VI fuel as per Euro VI fuel stan­dards preva­lent in Europe if it has to meet the BS VI norms for ve­hi­cles”, say­ing “this re­quire­ment for the coun­try should be non-ne­go­tiable”.

Ear­lier, re­fus­ing to budge un­der pres­sure from auto in­dus­try on stricter fuel emis­sion norms, Gad­kari has said car­mak­ers must fol­low the same stan­dards in In­dia that they do else­where. “I do not agree with Siam. When the same car man­u­fac­turer can build cars fol­low­ing the same norms across the globe, then why can't they build it here? The gov­ern­ment is not re­con­sid­er­ing its de­ci­sion,” Gad­kari has told SIAM on their re­quest to re­con­sider the de­ci­sion to leapfrog to BS VI norms.

In a bid to curb ve­hic­u­lar pol­lu­tion, the gov­ern­ment in Jan­uary de­cided to im­ple­ment stricter emis­sion norms of Bharat Stage (BS) VI from April 1, 2020 by skip­ping BS-V al­to­gether.

Govt has es­ti­mated that re­finer­ies here will in­vest 30k cr to up­grade to the Euro VI fuel stan­dards

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