Madhya Pradesh: oil companies ready to launch BSVI fuel as of March 1

INDORE: In order to increase air quality by controlling air pollutants, oil companies have prepared to release fuel that complies with the Bharat Stage (BS) VI in the state since March 1, one month before the government deadline for April 2020.

Oil companies have already begun to accumulate stocks of improved fuel that has a low sulfur content before the fast-approaching deadline across the country, while many fuel stations will begin to obtain supplies from February, depending on Stocks and requirements.

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A senior official of an oil company in a tank in Indore who wishes not to be cited said: “We have already begun to accumulate stocks of improved fuel and deplete old stocks to completely switch to the improved version of fuel that has a sulfur content significantly low. We have a tank full of new fuel while others are running out. ”

In Indore, four major oil companies, including Hindustan oil Corporation Limited, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Essar Oil LTD supplies fuel to pumping stations throughout the Indore division, including Dewas and Ujjain.

Another senior executive of an oil company published in Indore said: “We are in the process of finishing BSIV's stocks and we hope to liquidate old stocks by the end of January. Most likely, we will be able to supply the fuel stations in February ”.

Once the improved fuel clearance begins, the oil companies will begin to take samples and test the fuel products at the pumping stations as a pilot test to verify the purity and availability of the product in the market for consumers.

The supply of BS-VI has already begun in phases in many states of India, and Delhi switched to clean fuel a long time ago in 2018.

Dr. DK Wagela, chief chemist and laboratory chief of the Regional Pollution Control Board said: “We expect to see a significant reduction in pollution levels with improved fuel use as these emission standards become more strict. Vehicles that do not comply with BS VI will also get results, but the car's exhaust pipe emissions will match BS6 standards only if the engine and fuel meet BS6 standards.

With improved fuel deployment, the number of PUC centers will also be increased for better controls and monitoring, according to the Pollution Control Board.

Indore has about 265 fuel stations, of which approximately 10 have PUC control centers, while the remaining 54 PUCs are mobile that roam the city throughout the day, according to data from the Regional Transportation Office and district administration.