Petrol and diesel prices are expected to increase by 50 paise per litre from April 1 in 13 cities as these cities are shifting to supply pure Euro-IV grade fuel from Euro-III grade fuel.
The 13 cities for which the price rise of petrol and diesel are applicable are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Surat, Ahmedabad, Pune and Sholapur.
Oil Secretary S Sundareshan had revealed India’s intention to reduce emissions and also its aim to match with fuel quality in Europe, which now adopts Euro V standards. The Oil Ministry had hiked petrol price by 6% and diesel price by 7.8%.
Euro-IV grade auto fuel prescribes to European emission standards which define standard limits for vehicle exhaust emissions for associate states of the European Union. It pollutes the environment very less because it limits the presence of sulphur in the fuel. According to new standards, sulphur is present in 50 parts per million (ppm), whereas earlier sulphur used to be present in 550-350 ppm.