Gadkari to meet heads of automakers on Jan. 14 on BS VI norms


Union Minister for Road, Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari will meet representatives of automobile companies on January 14 to allay their concerns about the Government’s move to directly move from BS IV emission norms to BS VI emission norms by April 2020.
BS VI is the Indian equivalent of the Euro VI norms.
At present, BS IV norms are being followed in over 30 cities while the rest of the country followed BS III norms.
“The automobile sector is worried about the integration of two technologies following the decision to skip BS V norms,” a Road Transport Ministry official has been quoted as saying.
“They want more time to upgrade to BS VI emission norms as the move would require some design changes in vehicles, particularly more bonnet space and lead to increase in their capital cost,” according to the official.
The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) had written to the Government saying that there was a substantial difference in the technologies of BS VI and BS V engines.
Each stage of new technology required validation of over 6-7 lakh km before switching over to BS VI norms, SIAM said.