17000 BUSES MUST BE CONVERTED TO Euro VI Compliant * India
* Delhi - Union Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari: "Transport Corporations must do it"
The Centre today asked the state transport undertakings to convert their 17 lakh buses to Euro VI compliant or bio-fuel friendly vehicles as part of implementing stricter emission norms from April 1, 2020, a move aimed at curbing high vehicular pollution... Pollution is a major concern and once these buses are converted into higher-grade fuel compliant or bio-fuel, electric compliant, India could cut on huge crude import bills to the tune of Rs. eight lakh crore per annum, the Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister said while addressing the joint meeting of National Road Safety Council and Transport Development Council... The statement assume significance in the wake of India deciding to leapfrog directly from Euro IV emission norms for petrol and diesel to Euro VI standards, and the oil PSUs will invest Rs. 28,750 crore for the transition... An inter-ministerial group headed by Mr Gadkari on January 6 had taken the decision to advance the date by four years to April 1, 2020 for implementation of Bharat Stage VI (equivalent to Euro VI norms followed globally) for supply of cleaner auto fuel, by altogether skipping the Euro V grade norms... Mr Gadkari also suggested State Transport Corporations to slash the ticket prices by 50 per cent to swing into profit saying this could easily be done after change in fuel which is economical...
(Photo: Mr. Gadkari said the government plans to take the total length of NHs to two lakh km in three months) -- New Delhi, India - NDTV - February 22, 2016