Richa Mishra

New Delhi, Sept. 30

THE Government and the domestic oil refiners are confident of meeting the deadline of October 1 for introduction of Euro-II fuel in the remaining States which had not converted to this type of fuel earlier.

Industry sources said that as per available information, all the refineries were producing Euro-II fuel to their full capacity, and, thus, the demand for these fuels would be met from indigenous production.

Sources in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd (CPCL) and Indian Oil Corporation confirmed that their refineries were producing the fuel to its full capacity, and that they do not see any reason to import.

Senior Ministry officials told Business Line that hardly any cargo was being imported.

The Government had been closely monitoring the implementation of the fuel introduction, the official added.

As per the revised schedule Bharat Stage-II (which is akin to Euro-II) diesel has been introduced in Rajasthan with effect from June 1, in Western Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal with effect from July 1, and in Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh from September 1.

Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir are to switch over to the upgraded fuel from October 1.

While Bharat Stage-II petrol was introduced throughout the country from April 1 in line with the Auto Fuel Policy, introduction of Bharat Stage-II diesel was done in all States except Rajasthan, Western Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

The fuel in these States was to be introduced as per the revised schedule, official said.

The delay in the switchover was on account of constraints in production at refineries and non-availability of the required grades of products for import, the official said.

The Government had, as per the Auto Fuel Policy, introduced Euro-III equivalent grade diesel and petrol in all the 11 identified cities Delhi (NCR), Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahemadabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur and Agra from April 1.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 1, 2005)
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