The objective is to reduce the environmental impact of transportation and improve the overall air quality in the NCR and beyond
The Central Air Quality Panel announced a significant measure to address air pollution concerns in the National Capital Region (NCR), comprising Delhi and surrounding areas in Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.
Starting November 1, only electric vehicles, compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles, and diesel buses compliant with Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emissions standards will be permitted to operate on routes connecting Delhi to cities and towns within the NCR.
The primary objective of this initiative is to combat air pollution associated with diesel-powered buses in the region, with a long-term goal of transitioning to electric vehicles. This announcement was made by the Commission for Air Quality Management (CAQM).
To tackle air pollution and enhance air quality, the Indian government took a significant step in April 2020. It mandated that all vehicles sold in the country adhere to the Bharat Stage VI (BS-VI) emission standards.
These standards specify legal limits on the release of air pollutants, including carbon monoxide and particulate matter, from vehicles in India. The focus of these standards is to improve emission control, fuel efficiency, and engine design.
As vehicle manufacturers have started producing vehicles that conform to these new standards, oil companies have been supplying fuel that meets BS-VI standards, which are regarded as some of the cleanest fuels globally.
This comprehensive approach aims to reduce the environmental impact of transportation and improve the overall air quality in the NCR and beyond.