Delhi-NCR was one of the early adopter of the BS-VI grade fuel but it was only available in some parts. Now, entire Delhi-NCR gets BS-VI grade fuel.
The transformation to BS-VI emission norms has been one of biggest talking points in the automobile industry over the past few months. While several manufacturers have already started rolling out BS-VI complaint engines in their cars, BS-VI grade fuel was not consistently available at all places. Now however, the entire of Delhi-NCR has been made available with BS-VI grade fuel.
The much cleaner BS-VI grade of petrol and diesel were available in only some parts of Delhi NCR from April 1, 2019. The National Capital Region has been one of the early adopters of the BS-VI grade fuel but apart from that, it was also availble in four districts of Rajasthan, namely – Alwar, Bharatpur, Karauli and Dhaulpur – eight districts of Uttar Pradesh – Meerut, Muzzafarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Baghpat, Hapur, Bulandshar and Shamli – and the Agra City as well.
From October 1, 2019, all the remaining districts of Delhi-NCR which includes Faridabad, Gurugram, Mahendraghar, Rewari, Jhajjar, Palwal and Mewat, have all started receiving BS6 grade petrol and diesel at outlets of Indian Oil Corporation ltd. (IOCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL).
These seven districts of Delhi-NCR have an average monthly volume of around 6,50,000 metric tonnes with 13 oil bulk locations, all of which have been converted from BS-IV spec to BS-VI spec. Also, the IOCL refineries at Panipat and Mathura have started providing BS-VI grade petrol and diesel much ahead of the deadline in 2020.
The National Capital Region is one of the most polluted cities of the entire nation and an early adoption of the BS-VI grade fuel is really a positive sign. Air pollution has always been a problem with this region and as more and more car manufacturers switch over to BS-VI compliant engines, it will only be healthier for the environment.