The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the sale and manufacture of only BS-VI (Bharat Stage VI) compliant vehicles in India from April 1, 2020.
The order effectively implies that the sale of BS-IV vehicles will be permitted only till March 31, 2020 as the country's top court observed that the need of the hour was to move towards cleaner fuels.
The decision comes after the center told the SC that the sale of BS-VI non-compliant vehicles would lessen environmental benefits to be accrued from using cleaner BS-VI fuel.
India has pledged to cut the intensity of its carbon emissions by 33-35 percent by 2030 in the target submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention (UNFCCC) on Climate Change. The court's verdict will aid the government meet the goal as it attempts to work towards low carbon emission pathway.
The SC order has also given the much needed clarity to the auto companies.
During the transition from BS-III to BS-IV last year, the government had held that the manufacture of BS-III vehicles would be allowed till Mar 31, 2017. This led to differences in interpretation over the deadline for sale.
The auto firms argued before the SC that if BS-III manufacturing has been allowed till March 31, then a suitable extension should be given for the sale of BS-III units manufactured up till March 31. The court had then rejected the pleas of auto companies and had upheld the April 1, 2017 cutoff for sale and manufacturing.
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First Published: IST