The Indian auto industry has not sought any deferment or delay in the implementation of Bharat Stage IV emission Norm, said Vinod Dasari, President, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
In a statement released today, Dasari said that contrary to the misinformation being perpetuated by certain sections of the society, especially environmental activists, the Indian auto industry is fully committed to commence manufacturing of BS IV vehicles from April 1, 2017.
The Indian automotive industry has fully complied with all technical regulations in the past and will remain fully compliant in the future too.
Dasari said the Indian auto industry has been the fastest in the world to upgrade its emission norms.
While Europe took 13 years to implement the Euro 4 stage, India took only 10 years to introduce BS 4 emission norms, which were first introduced in 2010.
Subsequently, pan-India BS IV norms for vehicles had been delayed due to the non-availability of BS IV fuel across the country, forcing some categories of four wheeled vehicles to remain at the BS III stage till April 1, 2017, when all India BS IV norms will become applicable to all vehicles manufactured from that date.
The Indian auto industry will also be the first among other countries in the world to leapfrog from BS IV to BS VI Emission norms just in three years by 2020, while even the developed countries took about 10 years and also progressed stage by stage without any leapfrogging.