India switches over to cleaner petrol, diesel
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Sept 23: The country has fully switched over to cleaner Euro-III and Euro-IV petrol and diesel as of yesterday and well ahead of the October one deadline, Minister of State for Petroleum Jitin Prasada said today.
“We launched Euro-IV grade petrol and diesel in 13 big cities from April 1 and Euro-III grade fuel was to be introduced in the rest of the country in phases by October one. We introduced Euro-III petrol and diesel in North Eastern states (the last of the regions) yesterday,” he told reporters here.
With this, the launch of ultra low sulphur and benzene fuel has been completed ahead of schedule, he said. “The roll-over happened without a glitch. There are no disruptions of fuel (supplies) anywhere in the country.”
When Euro-IV grade fuel was launched in April, petrol prices were increased by Rs 0.50 a litre and diesel by Rs 0.26 per litre. For introduction of Euro-III grade, petrol prices have been raised by Rs 0.26 per litre and diesel by Rs 0.21 a litre in phases as the fuels were introduced throughout the country.
“There will be no further increase in prices as a result of introduction of Euro-III fuel. Whatever had to be done, has already been done,” Prasada said.
He said public sector firms spent over Rs 32,000 crore in upgrading refineries to produce higher quality fuel. “This (introduction of Euro-III and IV grade fuel) will considerably improve the air quality with reduction in emission of pollutants in fuels.”
As against the approved scheduled of introducing Euro-III fuel by October one, introduction of higher grade petrol was advanced in 20 states and that of diesel in 23 states.
In the last leg, Bharat Stage-III (the India equivalent of Euro-III) petrol and diesel has been introduced in the seven North Eastern States on September 22, he said.
The government had already introduced BS-IV (the India equivalent of Euro-IV grade) petrol and diesel in all 13 identified cities (NCR of Delhi, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat, Pune, Solapur, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad) on a single day effective April 1, 2010.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 23 Sep 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 23 Sep 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 24 Sep 2010 00:00:00 IST
- MORE FROM NEWS
Psychological, Physiological Disorders On Rise: Experts
ARSHAD M BHAT
Srinagar, Sept 23: With people across the valley caged inside their homes due to the strict curfew imposed by the government, the prolonged restrictions will adversely affect the mental and physiological More
NISAR AHMAD THOKAR
Islamabad, Sept 23: Upping the ante, Pakistan Thursday said there can be no result-oriented discussions with India on Kashmir unless New Delhi stops treating it as the country's integral part and seeking More