Suitable fuel unavailability may delay BS-V by a year to 2020

Government is likely to delay implementation of BS-V norms for vehicles by a year to 2020 due to unavailability of suitable fuel despite rising concerns over pollution in the national capital.

The Road Transport and Highways Ministry is expected to take a call tomorrow on the timeline for adoption of stricter emission standards, according to sources.

A meeting of an inter-ministerial group, including representatives of ministries of road transport and highways, petroleum, heavy industries and environment, held today could not come to a consensus. Road Transport and Highways Secretary Vijay Chhibber chaired the meeting.

“The Road Transport and Highways Ministry will take a final call on implementing BS-V and BS-VI norms for vehicles by tomorrow. The BS-V implementation is likely to be from 2020,” an official source said.

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