(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Phasing out BS-IV

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) The Big Picture: Phasing out BS-IV

Topic: Phasing out BS-IV

Guest:

  • Tutu Dhawan, (Auto Expert)
  • A. K. Bhattacharya, (Editorial Director, Business Standard)
  • R. Suresh, (Fellow, TERI)
  • K. A. Badarinath, (Editor Policy, Financial Chronicle)

Topic Description:

No Bharat Stage-IV vehicle would be sold or registered in India from April 1, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, saying any extension of time in introducing the new emission norms would adversely impact the health of citizens as the pollution has reached an "alarming and critical" level. Bharat stage emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles. The BS IV norms have been enforced across the country since April 2017. In 2016, the Centre had announced the country would skip the BS-V norms altogether and adopt BS-VI norms by 2020. The apex court said there cannot be any compromise on the health of citizens and this has to take precedence over the "greed" of few automobile manufacturers who unfortunately want to stretch the timeline to make a "little more money". Noting that India has the "dubious distinction" of having 15 out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, a bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the effect of pollution on the environment and health was so huge that it cannot be compensated in the marginal extra profits that manufacturers might make.

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Courtesy: RSTV


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