- IOC is set to supply Euro-VI grade petrol and diesel in Delhi
- Earlier the deadline was April 1, 2020 to shift to Euro-VI grade fuel
- The deadline was advanced by two years in view of Delhi's pollution
In 2015, the government had decided to switch to the Euro-VI emission norm compliant, ABS-VI petrol and diesel from April 1, 2020, from the Euro-IV grade currently in use.
The deadline for Delhi had been advanced to April 1, 2018, in view of the highest levels of air pollution in the capital.
The Supreme Court ordered a deadline for introducing BS-VI transport fuels in the entire National Capital Region (NCR), including adjoining Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad FOR April 1, 2019, IOC Director (Refineries) B.V. Rama Gopal said at a media briefing here. Indian Oil runs 391 petrol pumps in Delhi.
"The company is upbeat on the roll out of BS-VI fuels from tomorrow (Sunday) in the NCT (national capital territory). All our outlets in Delhi will be replacing the BS-IV fuels," he said.
Though most automobiles in Delhi presently use BS-IV compliant engines, the leapfrogging to BS-VI will bring a benefit of "10-20 per cent by reduction in particulate matter" in the atmosphere, he said.
The IOC has made massive investments to be able to produce the improved fuel, the director of refineries said.
He said Rs 1.06 lakh crore is planned to be spent by IOC on fuel improvement, refinery capacity expansion and upgradation over a five-year period.
The nation's biggest oil marketer, which operates 11 refineries, including two owned by its subsidiaries, registered a record output of 69 million tonnes last year.
The Director also said that a new refinery was being set up in Maharastra's Ratnagiri district by a joint venture in which IOC has 50 per cent stake and 25 per cent each is held by the state-run Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum.
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