The central government has decided that it would skip the implementation of BS-V and implement BS-VI emission norms by 2020 instead. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by union transport minister Nitin Gadkari in the presence of ministers of petroleum, environment and heavy industries.
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The Times Of India quoted Gadkari that the decision was taken unanimously to meet the PM’s promise at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference held recently. The report says that to meet BS-VI specification by 2020, oil refineries in the country will have to invest Rs 80,000 crore, a substantial sum. Currently, India has BS-III (equivalent of Euro-III specifications) across the country and BS-IV in all major cities. “BS-IV will be supplied in most big cities by April 2016 and all over the country from April 2017,” Gadkari was quoted as saying in the report. BS-IV fuel contain 50 parts per million (ppm) sulphur. With BS-V and BS-VI fuel, this figure will go down to 10ppm sulphur. BS-IV fuel is currently supplied across northern India including states of J&K, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Uttarakhand and parts of Rajasthan. Now, with oil refineries needing a substantial amount of money to upgrade facilities, can we expect prices of fuel to soar further? Would it help in solving the problem of air pollution in our cities? What’s your take? Source: Times Of India
It is a good move to move to BS-VI / Euro 6 emission norms as soon as possible. But the impact of the move, besides the monetary pressure on the refiners, will be felt only years later. And such a move would be successful only if there is a formal scrapping of old cars and trucks or stringent monitoring of emissions standards on an annual basis for vehicles beyond a certain age.
And finally BS-IV norms descend across the entire country. From April 1, 2017, only BS-IV fuel will be sold across the entire country, which in itself will help not only combat emissions to some extent, but will actually help with the health of vehicles across the country. However, car and bike manufacturers are not very happy - more so bike makers. They have a huge amount of unsold BS-III variant inventory lying with dealers and in stockyards. The Supreme Court has ruled that these cannot be sold post April 1, 2017. What were these manufacturers thinking? Very poor inventory management if you ask me. They should have all started selling BS-IV ready vehicles from January itself to beat this deadline and get rid of BS-III stock. Can't the recall that unused stock, modify them to BS-IV engines and then re-sell them? I'm sure that's what they will have to do soon.
Roshun Many Indian manufacturers also export the scooters. They can use these scooters in the export market, in case the norms are not very strict. It was very irresponsible on the part of the manufacturers to keep on making BS3 vehicles till the last minute and expect the government to extend the deadline. What it has lead to, is heavy discounts on BS3 vehicles, and most of the dealers have managed to get rid of their stocks with discounts. The extention for deadline to register the vehicles came to the rescue to the consumers.
Arjun Apparently, the dealers who still have stocks bought the bikes themselves and are now selling them at a discounted rate, as a second-hand bike, thereby conveniently circumventing the law! Places like OLX have these bikes it seems. It's actually a win-win situation as long as the customer doesn't mind it's technically a second-hand bike.
Praveen Yes, I am aware of that. Heard of some deals from KTM showrooms in Bangalore who were clearing off their stock for RC390s for 2.25lakhs. They have registered the bikes in their names and are selling them off as used. If there are good discounts, would be an interesting deal.
Arjun I feel the old RC 390 for INR 2.25L is still a lot considering it cost around 15k more here in Delhi, the last time I enquired (around 8-9 months ago). But yeah, considering the city, it may be a good deal for you guys.
Praveen well, the on road price for the 2017 RC 390 is 2.65 lakhs in Bangalore. The discount comes to around 40k. However the state has also increased the road tax this year from 12% to 18& for two wheelers above one lakh. This would lead to another 12k increase in price. So overall the discount is around 52k.