24 May 2011: The implementation of Euro IV fuel deadline in the city is getting delayed. The deadline was actually set for October last year. The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) and even the petrol banks are not informed about the status of implementation of these fuels which are conforming to the standards of Euro IV fuels.
The implementation of Euro IV fuel norms (Bharat Stage – IV) for the use of petrol and diesel was made compulsory under the National Auto Fuel Policy from April 1, 2010, in 13 cities – Lucknow, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Agra, Delhi, Surat, Pune, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Sholapur and Chennai. This policy was framed to increase the usage of green fuels, and the standard Euro IV fuel was set to encourage green fuels.
As far as our city is concerned, Hyderabad amounts to around 65 percent of the total polluting emissions. It also has high levels of residual suspended particle matter. Many places in the city are found to have dangerous levels of pollutants such as, Nitrogendioxide, Sulphurdioxide, PM10, and TSPM. Due to the use of low quality fuels the air quality is being deteriorated.
As per the officials, petroleum refining, distribution, transportation and marketing are the major barriers for implementing the Euro IV fuel in the city.
Source: Deccan Chronicle