On 1 st August 2016, the Hon�ble minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas Mr Dharmendra Pradhan proclaimed in the Lok Sabha that BS-IV auto fuel will be available in Indian market by the year 2017(1 st April) onwards.
It is also declared that in the first phase, BS-IV (which was successfully completed in April 2015) fuel will only be available in North India including J&K, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi and to some extent of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. While, in the second phase this fuel will be available in many pivotal areas of India like Goa, Kerala, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha and the Union territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra-Nagar- Haveli and Andaman & Nicobar and some prominent parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat.
It is also true that on 22 nd May 2015, ministry has passed an obligatory order to all the eminent oil marketing companies (OMC) and stakeholders that by April 2020, they need to switch over from BS-IV to BS-VI quality fuel. In this regards, all OMCs have invested a hefty amount (near about Rs.
30,000 Cr.) so that they can satisfactorily upgrade their refineries. OMCs also calculated that in future for the completion of this upgradation they need to invest some more amount.
Department of Heavy Industries also claimed that all vehicle manufacturers have warmly welcomed this change and they unanimously agreed to meet BS-VI norms.