Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum & Natural Gas informed that the Government has decided for supply of BS-IV auto fuels in the entire country by April 2017 in a phased manner. The supply of the BS-IV auto fuel has already been commenced in the areas covered in the first two phases.
The first phase which was completed by April 2015, covered the whole of north India. This includes- Jammu and Kashmir (except Leh/Kargil), Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand and certain areas of western Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The second phase which concluded in April 2016 covered Southern Indian states of Goa, Karnataka, Telangana, Odisha, and Kerala along with a few parts of Maharashtra and Gujarat. The second phase also covered the Union territories of Daman & Diu, Dadra-Nagar-Haveli and Andaman & Nicobar. Moreover, the corridor spanning the highway link through Gujarat and Rajasthan linking the Northern India to the ports on the West Coast were also covered. The rest of the country will be receiving the BS-IV quality fuel by April 2017.
The government had constituted an Expert Committee to draft Auto Fuel Vision and Policy, 2025. The Committee has submitted its report. As per recommendations, this Ministry has notified a schedule on 19.1.2015 for phased introduction of BS-IV fuels in the entire country by 01.04.2017.