Delhi to get BS VI-compliant vehicles in April 2020: Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar

The Minister said that Delhi has one of the best metro networks of the country due to which over four lakh motor vehicles are off the roads, thereby reducing pollution.

Published: 07th October 2019 01:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th October 2019 01:41 PM   |  A+A-

Petroleum, Oil, BS-VI

Image used for representational purpose


NEW DELHI: Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar on Monday announced that BS6-compliant vehicles will be coming in Delhi in April 2020, which will help reduce air pollution.

Addressing the media on various issues related to environment, Mr Javadekar said, ''Since 2006, air quality in Delhi has been deteriorating rapidly. But till 2014, neither it was talked about nor much was done to improve it. In 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started Air Quality Index (AQI) which gives minute by minute data of air quality. 113 AQI monitoring stations are present in Delhi/NCR and 29 more to be installed soon."

ALSO READ| Arvind Kejriwal unaware of NRC’s importance: Prakash Javadekar

''BS6-compliant vehicles will be coming in Delhi in April 2020. BS6 petrol/diesel is already available in Delhi/NCR. It will lead to great reduction in air pollution from vehicles. Recognition of the existence of a problem is the beginning of the solution of a problem. Mr Modi launched AQI for India - that is first recognition of a problem,'' he said.

The Minister said that Delhi has one of the best metro networks of the country due to which over four lakh motor vehicles are off the roads, thereby reducing pollution. ''Delhi Metro has significantly reduced the number of motors on the road,'' he said.

The Minister also advised people to avoid bursting crackers in the festive season as it pollutes the air. ''I will advise against bursting firecrackers, and am confident that children themselves will ask parents to not buy firecrackers, but if someone wants to then buy green firecrackers, its a historic initiative of Dr Harsh Vardhan. As many as 200 MoUs for green fire crackers have been signed by Dr Vardhan,'' he said.

On the Aarey Forest protest, the Minister said, ''I will not comment on the matter as the matter was in Supreme Court and it has said what it had to."

ALSO READ| Mangalore Refineries all set to deliver BS-VI petrol, diesel by March 2020

On the issue of stubble burning in Northern India, the Minister added, ''We are trying to reduce stubble burning. We will be meeting state governments next week." Delhi's air quality had deteriorated to the 'moderate' category with an AQI reading of 141.

Stay up to date on all the latest Delhi news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp