BS-VI fuel in all of NCR from to­day, 6 mths in ad­vance

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK Sarai Kale Khan (road con­struc­tion site)

New Delhi: Delhi’s fight against air pol­lu­tion will get a boost as the en­tire NCR (Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion) span­ning dis­tricts in Haryana, UP and Ra­jasthan is set to go green with BS-VI petrol and diesel from Tues­day, six months ahead of the coun­try­wide dead­line for switch­ing to the new fuel.

TOI had on July 8 first re­ported that 80% of the NCR, in­clud­ing four dis­tricts in Ra­jasthan and eight dis­tricts in UP as well as the city of Agra, had switched to BS-VI fu­els from April and the re­main­ing parts will be cov­ered by Oc­to­ber.

On Mon­day, In­dia’s largest fuel re­tailer In­di­anOil said 2,200 re­tail out­lets of all the state-run re­tail­ers will start sell­ing BS-VI grade fu­els in seven re­main­ing dis­tricts of Haryana from Tues­day to cover the en­tire NCR. These dis­tricts in­clude Farid­abad, Gu­ru­gram, Ma­hen­draghar, Re­wari, Jha­j­jar, Pal­wal and Me­wat.

Delhi had switched to BSVI fu­els from April 1, 2018, two years ahead of the na­tional dead­line un­der or­ders from oil min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han. Amid pub­lic out­cry over the cap­i­tal’s poor air qual­ity in Novem­ber 2017, Prad­han or­dered state-run fuel re­tail­ers to sup­ply BS-VI fu­els to the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (NCT) of Delhi from April 1, 2018, two years be­fore the dead­line, and in­tro­duce them in the NCR by April 2019.

NCT refers to the state of Delhi, while the NCR ex­tends to re­gions in neigh­bour­ing states and some­times also in­cludes Soni­pat and Ba­hadur­garh. The NCR ac­counts for 10% of fuel sales in the coun­try, con­sum­ing 1,05,000 tonne of petrol and 3,10,000 tonne of diesel in a year.

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