New Delhi, Nov 15: In an effort to curb the ever rising air pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas, the governmen has decided to advance the introduction of BS-VI grade fuel in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Ministry of Petroleum said it will now introduce the less polluting fuel in April, 2018 instead of previously planned April, 2020. The shift to a more cleaner fuel (BS-VI) could help reduce air pollution in Delhi which has the highest vehicle-to-person ratio in the country.
Making the announcement on Twitter, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said the Modi government is sincere towards fighting the air pollution in Delhi. (Also Read: Kejriwal Govt Collected Rs 787 Crore as Environment Cess, Not a Single Penny Spent in 2017)
“Happy to share that Government has decided to prepone the introduction of BS-VI grade Fuel in NCT of Delhi w.e.f. 1st April 2018 in place of 1st April 2020 as a sincere effort to curb the vehicular pollution in Delhi and adjoining areas,” Pradhan said.
Fuel retailers have also been asked to examine the possibility of introduction of BS-VI auto fuels in the whole of national capital regions, which also includes adjoining cities of Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad, from April 1, 2019. Fuel meeting BS-IV or Euro-IV emission norm was introduced across the country from April 1, 2017.
Kejriwal Meets Haryana CM Khattar
As Delhi struggles for fresh air, CM Arvind Kejriwal held a meeting with his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar in Chandigarh on Wednesday to discuss ways to fight the grave issue of air pollution.
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“We had a very positive discussion, we will take all steps possible to tackle the situation,” Kejriwal told reporters after meeting Khattar.
The Kejriwal government has blamed stubble burning by farmers in neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab as the prime cause behind the ever deteriorating air quality index of Delhi.
CM Kejriwal had recently said the Centre, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi governments should keep political differences aside and come together to find a permanent solution to stubble burning.