The issue of smog in the country capital is a national concern at this moment. Illegal crop burning in states around New Delhi, and vehicular emission have largely been blamed for the dramatic deterioration of the air quality in the city and regions surrounding it. And as a proposal to help reduce the high pollution levels, India is reportedly advancing towards the rollout of cleaner Euro-VI compliant fuels in Delhi by 2019.
According to a report by Reuters, the oil ministry said all vehicles plying in the capital will have to move to Euro VI from April 2018 to reduce emissions. India uses Euro-IV compliant fuels but last year decided to migrate to the Euro VI level from April 2020, leapfrogging over Euro V norms.
Reportedly, the ministry said in a statement that while Delhi will move to the new fuel by 2018, it has asked oil companies if they can introduce it for the Delhi NCR involving all its suburbs by 2019. “This [new] measure is expected to help mitigate the problem of air pollution in NCT [National Capital Territory] of Delhi and surrounding areas,” Reuters reported the ministry saying so in a statement. ALSO READ: Delhi air pollution: Here’s how the Xiaomi Mi Air Purifier 2 has helped me
Earlier this week, a US embassy measure of particulate matter PM 2.5 in the air showed a reading of 265 for Delhi when the safe limit is 50, which is much less than last week’s levels but still unhealthy. According to doctors, these particles lodge deep in the lungs causing heart attacks, strokes, lung cancer and respiratory diseases.
“The government of India has been making concerted efforts to reduce vehicular emissions and improve fuel efficiency with an aim to reduce the carbon footprints and keep a healthy environment,” the oil ministry said. ALSO READ: Delhi air pollution: Dos and don’ts to ensure you can breathe freely