Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas
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a) The Govt. of India constituted a Committee of Experts on September 13, 2001 under the chairmanship of Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, DG, CSIR to recommend an Auto Fuel Policy for the country. â€¢ The Committee recommended the following road map for upgradation of fuel quality in the country apart from other recommendations: a) BS-III standard auto fuels for 13 identified cities & BS-II standard auto fuels for rest of the country w.e.f. 1.4.2005. Due to production, import & other logistics constraints, the actual implementation was phased over six months for different states / locations i.e. up to September 2005.
b) BS-IV auto fuels (MS/HSD) in NCR & 13 identified cities from 01.04.2010 Implemented w.e.f. 01.04.2010 in NCR-Delhi (comprising of 108 towns, of which 17 are class I cities), Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Kanpur, Agra, Pune, Surat, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Lucknow & Sholapur
c) BS-III auto fuels (MS/HSD) in the rest of the country from 01.04.2010
As per the revised approval of the Government, implemented in a staggered manner between April 01, 2010 and September 22, 2010 due to production and logistic issues involved. â€¢ MoP&NG has decided to go beyond Auto Fuel Policy recommendations & to expand BS-IV auto fuels to 50 more cities by March 2015 with preference to most polluted cities, state capitals & cities with million plus population subject to logistics constraints.
The ministry has constituted a Committee under Addi Director, Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) for identifying these cities.
BS-IV fuels have already been expanded to 26 cities identified by the Committee till 2013-14.
d) 7 cities i.e. Puducherry, Mathura, Vapi, Jamnagar, Ankleshwar, Hissar&Bharatpur in 2011-12.
e) 6 cities i.e. Silvasa, Daman, Diu, Aligarh, Rae Bareilly & Unnao in April to October 2012.
f) 4 cities i.e. Kamal, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar & Valsad on 01.03.2013.
g) 3 cities i.e., Medak, Nizamabad and Mehbub Nagar on 5.7.2013.
h) 6 cities i.e Vrindavan, Kosi Kalan, Hindaun city, Dholpur, Ahmednagar, Mahabaleshwer on 1.1.2014.
i) BS-IV has been implemented throughout the country w.e.f. 01.04.2017.
j) This Ministry has issued an order dated 22.05.2015 for introduction of BS-VI Auto-fuel in the Country w.e.f. 01.04.2020.
k) Keeping in rising pollution levels in Delhi, Government has started supply of BS-VI autofuel in NCT of Delhi w.e.f. 01.04.2018.
l) Government has also started supply of BS-VI autofuels in 10 Districts of NCR & 3 Districts/cities outside NCR (Karauli, Dhaulpur & Agra City) w.e.f 01.04.2019. Supply of B-VI auto fuel has been started throughout the country w.e.f 01.04.2020.