The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has finalised the calendar for introducing Euro-III compliant petrol and diesel in the country. It will be introduced on June 1, and become available in 16 states and five union territories by July 1.
The schedule has got the nod of Environment Pollution Authority chairman Bhure Lal.
Lal had on March 27 directed the ministry of road and surface transport and the ministry of heavy industries to adhere to the petroleum ministry’s schedule for Euro-III and Euro-IV fuels in the country.
“Ministry of surface transport is drected to adhere to this schedule of Euro-III and Euro-IV fuels heavy industries is also directed to adhere to the schedule as far as introduction of Euro-III and Euro-IV compliant vehicles are concerned,” Bhure Lal wrote.
The automobile industry had sought that Euro-III emission norms be introduced throughout the country at the same time, and not staggered.
The industry feared that a staggered implementation would lead to inconsistency in fuel quality in different parts, adversely impacting vehicles.
Auto-makers wanted a definite timeline so that they could schedule the production of Euro-III vehicles accordingly.
As per the ministry’s calendar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra will get Euro-III fuel from June 1.
States and union territories including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Uttaranchal, Western UP, Andaman and Nicobar, Orissa, Sikkim, West Bengal, Gujarat, Dadar Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be covered from July 1.
Jammu and Kashmir will start getting Euro-III supplies from July 1, and Karnataka August 1. The remaining states will be covered from October 1.
The supply of Euro-IV complaint fuels has already started in 13 major cities from April 1.