New Delhi, Sept 24: All vehicles that hit the roads in 11 cities—Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur and Agra—will have to meet Euro III emission norms from April 2005 if the government accepts the Mashelkar committee’s final report on a national auto fuel policy which was submitted today.
The Mashelkar report, which sets a roadmap for vehicular emission norms, has said all new vehicles in these 11 cities should meet Euro IV norms by April 2010.
The report says all private vehicles, city public service vehicles and city commercial vehicles introduced in these cities will have to meet Euro III emission norms by 2005.
The committee said the Bharat II emission norms -- which have already been introduced in the four metros of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Calcutta -- will be extended to Bangalore, Hyderababd, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur and Agra from April 2003. The Bharat II norms will be introduced across the country from April 2005.
The report says that the introduction of these norms will entail an investment of Rs 55,000 crore.
The report also says that Calcutta is among the 12 most pollution sensitive states.
It says that Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Surat and Agra are the other cities which will switch over to gaseous fuels like CNG or LPG.