Indian Oil Corporation Limited will sell BS-VI fuel from all its outlets across the country from April 1. Its entire infrastructure has been upgraded to ensure compliance for supply of the fuel.
IOC has 1437 retail outlets in Gujarat and the process of making BS-VI fuel available has been started, S S Lamba, Executive Director and State Head IOC said. BS-VI has sulphur content of 10ppm compared to 50 ppm of the current BS-IV fuel making it more environment friendly.
The new fuel will be like CNG reducing air pollution to a considerable level. He said that IOC will spend nearly Rs.17,000 crore for transition to BS-VI fuel pan India. All refineries, pipelines, storage terminals and retail outlets have been upgraded.
About the price of BS-VI Lamba said that it will depend on the price of crude that time. But there will not be any significant change, he added. The fuel will not only improve efficiency of vehicles but also reduce pollution significantly. In diesel cars the pollution will be reduced upto 68% while in case of heavy vehicles it will decrease upto 82%.
Talking about Ujjwala Yojna Lamba said that in Gujarat IOC has provided 14.09 lacs connections and on pan India the number is 3.7 crore beneficiaries. The LPG penetration has improved in Gujarat from around 49% in 2014 to 88.7% presently.
IOC is working on alternative fuel system also and use of Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) is being promoted. Sanjeev Bera, CGM retail IOC said that there are 3 CBG stations in the state. There are 2 in Rajkot and 1 in Anand. He said many more will be developed in the state soon.
Talking about infrastructure development Lamba said that augumentation of LPG import terminal from 0.6 MMTPA to 2.5 MMTPA at Kandla is in progress. Besides construction of tanks, LPG bottling plants and retail outlets and KSK are in progress. The total cost of these projects is Rs. 769.10 crore.
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