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Euro IV Vehicle Pollution Norms Across North India by April 1
Jan 12, 2015

A new roadmap has been prescribed for the introduction of higher emission standards with the Centre proposing to implement the Euro IV (Bharat Stage IV) norms across all north Indian states by April this year. At present the Euro IV norms are applicable in 13 major cities including Delhi and the NCR. By April 1, 2015 all private cars in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan would have to be Euro IV compliant. Euro IV emission norms would be extended to the entire country by April 1, 2017.

As per the Auto Fuel Policy approved by the Cabinet  in 2003, the quality of Petrol and Diesel was upgraded to Bharat Stage-IV (equivalent to Euro-IV specifications) in 13 identified cities (Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangaluru, Hyderabad including Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur, Agra, Solapur and Lucknow) with effect from 1st April, 2010.  In the rest of the country, BS-III Petrol and Diesel (equivalent to Euro-III specifications) was introduced from 1st April, 2010.

Key Points

  • Within a year of northern states adopting Euro IV, the same shall be made mandatory in Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha, Daman & Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

  • Parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat would also be covered by April 1, 2016.

  • By April 2017, Euro IV would be made mandatory in the entire country.

  • Emission standards are instituted to regulate the output of air pollutants from vehicles.

  • The standards, based on European regulations, were first introduced in 2000 and Euro IV norms have been in place since April 2010.

  • BS-IV Petrol and Diesel are cleaner fuels as they have low sulphur content.

  • The government is also considering switching over directly to Euro VI by April 2020 instead of a step-wise upgradation.

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