Good news for Delhi currently battling air pollution. The sale of green fuel petrol and diesel with BS-6 emission standard has begun in the country. Sixty percent of Delhi-NCR's BS-6 fuel is being sold in some districts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Also, 80 percent of the areas will be sold by October before the deadline of April 01, 2020.
Recently, the Union Petroleum Minister had ordered that Indian Oil, four districts of Rajasthan, including Agra, eight districts of Uttar Pradesh, including Agra, started getting bs-6 emission-standard fuel. Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan had given an order in this regard two years ago. Expressing displeasure over the rising air pollution in the national capital in November 2017, the Union Minister had issued an order to supply BS-6 fuel in the national capital region from April 1, 2018. While BS-6 fuel is to be supplied across the country from April 1, 2020, it had already issued enforcement orders two years ago.
While in Baghpat, Hapur, Bulandshahar, Shamli and Agra, BS-6 fuel is now available in The districts of Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli, Dholpur in Rajasthan besides Sonepat and Bahadurgarh in Haryana. In Uttar Pradesh, new standard fuel is being available in Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Noida, Baghpat, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Shamli, and Agra.
These cities will also get BS-6 fuel from October in Faridabad, Gurugram, Mahendragarh, Rewari, Jhajjar, Palwal and Nunh. With the rest of the country in Bhiwani, Rohtak, Sonepat, Panipat, Jind, Karnal, BS-6 will start getting fuel from April next year.
Delhi-NCR accounts for 10 per cent of Delhi-NCR's total consumption in the country. It consumes 1,05,000 tonnes of petrol and 310,000 tonnes of diesel every year. On the other hand, the improvement in fuel quality will also improve Delhi's climate.
The fall in Particulate Matter 10 was a statement by the government in Parliament last week that the biggest pollution factor in Delhi was the decline in pm-10 particles and the air was clean. The BS-6 fuel contains 10 ppm (miligram on parts) sulphur, while the BS-4 fuel contains 50 ppm sulphur. While the BS-4 gets a lead of 0.005 grams per litre, the BS-6 has a standard of 0.001 grams per litre. Earlier, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar had said in the Rajya Sabha that the sale of BS-6 standard petrol-diesel has started in Delhi and the regular BS-4 and BS-6 fuel prices at petrol pumps are the same.
For your information, there were earlier reports that the price of BS-6 fuel might be higher, as its refining costs are too high. Companies say they will have to upgrade their machinery to sell oil in line with BS-VI standards, which will require huge investments.