Mumbai: Even as the government is gearing-up to implement the new emission norms for automobile industry from 1 April, automobile manufacturers have shown concern about the availability of the required fuel.
“The automobile industry is ready to follow the new emission norms from April 1, but the fuel is not available. We have requested the government for a deferment of the date till the fuel becomes available,” Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam) and Mahindra & Mahindra (Automotive Division), president, Pawan Goenka, told PTI in Mumbai.
From 1 April onwards, India will adopt stricter emission norms under which 13 major cities will upgrade to BS IV from BS III and the rest of the country would move up from BS II to BS III as per the recommendations of the Mashelkar Committee for the control of pollution.
“The new emission norms has forced auto makers to replace some old technology in vehicles to meet statutory emission requirements. We have been preparing for a long time to meet the challenge,” Goenka said.
As per the Bharat III norms for two wheelers, the carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons plus oxides of nitrogen emission have to be brought down from 1.50 (g/km) to 1.0 (g/km) from 1 April.