India to run on Euro III fuel from October
India will switch over to Euro-III petrol and diesel on October 1, with the petroleum ministry issuing a fresh deadline for oil companies to sell cleaner fuels.
Consumers across the country will pay about Rs 0.20-0 .40 a litre more for Euro-III fuel. The petroleum ministry was acting on a dictat from the country’s pollution regulator.
Prices of better grade Euro-IV diesel and petrol sold in 13 major cities from April 1 have already gone up by Rs 0.50 a litre.
“The environment pollution (prevention and control) authority (EPCA) has asked oil companies to strictly follow a month-wise implementation schedule and we are all set to achieve it,” said the chairman and managing director of a stateowned oil company. The authority turned down auto the companies’ suggestion to introduce Bharat Stage-III (Euro-III ) fuel in the entire country simultaneously in October 2010, he said, requesting anonymity.
Goa is selling Euro-III fuel from April 1, 2010. Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra will adopt the standard from June 1.
“Oil companies have together invested about Rs 36,000 crore in refinery upgradation to meet the deadline,” an oil ministry official said. The government had set April 1 deadline for the entire country to switch over to Euro-III fuel (from Euro-II ) and for 13 major cities to Euro-IV (from Euro-III ). The deadline could not be met due to logistics issues, the official said.
Oil companies are under pressure from the regulator to advance the deadline for Karnataka. “EPCA feels that introduction of BS-III (Euro-III ) may be preponed (sic) in Karnataka, currently scheduled for July 2010-end because of the growing pollution in the region,” the authority said in a letter to the oil ministry.
The petroleum ministry has assured the pollution regulator that oil companies will sell Euro-III fuel in 17 other states and union territories by July 1. By October 1, Euro-III fuel will be available in all petrol pumps across the country.
States to switch over from Euro-III to Euro-IV fuel by July include Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Western UP, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Tamil Nadu.
The ministry of shipping, road transport & highways has been asked to adhere to the schedule due to growing air pollution and its implications on health, the official said. Higher grade fuels will reduce emission of sulphur and benzene that pollute the environment.