Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: India took a step forward for a clean environment by switching to BS-IV grade fuel that was launched formally by Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Dharmendra Pradhan from Bhubaneswar on Saturday.

Pradhan launched the Bharat Stage (BS) IV grade fuels which coincided with formation day of separate Odisha province, also known as Utkal Divas.

“I am glad that that all the three oil marketing companies in the country were able to come up with the BS-IV complaint fuels in short time. This will help towards ensuring low carbon emissions for a clean environment,” said Pradhan.

Pradhan further informed that BS-IV grade fuels will be simultaneously launched in 13 cities in the country at an estimated cost of Rs 90,000 crores.

Though India is not a major pollutant, the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a bold step in reducing carbon emissions.

Official sources said, BS-IV grade fuels have been introduced from April, 1 2017 and the BS-VI standard fuels have been targeted to be launched from 2020.