New Delhi: In order to control vehicular air pollution, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered the shutdown of all BS-4 model vehicles from April 1, causing a stir in the auto sector four years ago. Earlier in March 2016, the BS-3 model was rejected by the Supreme Court. Even then, there was a competition to give huge discounts to eliminate stocks in companies.
Currently, some companies in the district have launched BS-6 standard two-wheelers and it is expected that in the next 15 days, other automakers will also start supplying these vehicles to dealers. Petroleum companies have started testing fuel (diesel-petrol) conversion for BS-6 vehicles at Bathra depot.
The Supreme Court made it clear two years ago in an order on 23 July 2018 that BS-IV standard vehicles would not be sold after 31 March 2020. In view of this, many auto companies had stopped production of BS-4 model to clear the old stock and dealers also stopped buying these vehicles. Despite this, he remained with the stock of old vehicles. In view of this, the auto dealers filed a petition in the Supreme Court requesting an additional time of one month for the sale of BS-4 vehicles, but the Supreme Court refused to make any changes to it, keeping its earlier order in effect.
This created panic among all those auto dealers who have more than their old stock of BS-IV vehicles. Such auto dealers have started offering huge discounts to eliminate the stock of these vehicles. The special thing is that companies which have more stock left, they have also increased the discount offer in the same proportion.
Dealers are offering discounts on two-wheelers from 10000 to 15000 rupees. In such a situation, vehicles have become buyers and they have started buying. Because of this, with the increase in demand for BS-4 standard vehicles, people have started coming to the showroom to purchase BS-6 standard scooters.
Competition to sell BS-4 vehicle till 15 March
Even though the Supreme Court has allowed the sale of BS-IV class vehicles by 31 March, auto dealers are vying to take stock of such vehicles by 15 March. He believes that all such vehicles will be sold, it will take at least two weeks to complete registration and other formalities with the Transport Department. In such a situation, the immediate registration of vehicles sold in the last week of March may cause difficulties not only to them but also to the customers. This is the reason why most auto dealers, attracted by the discounts on BS-4 vehicles, are also telling those coming to inquire about them that the cost of vehicles with BS-6 standard will increase from 10000 to 80000 rupees.
Corona virus shadow on BS-6 vehicles
According to auto dealers, the havoc of Corona virus will also affect the delivery of two-wheeler and four-wheeler vehicles of BS-6 standard. Some parts of the pollution prevention technology of BS-6 vehicle are being imported from China, Japan and Taiwan. Due to the high impact of Corona in all these countries, auto parts are not coming from there. Due to this, auto companies are producing new standard vehicles, but supplies to dealers have been stopped. Two major companies have gone ahead in this competition by taking off their two-wheeler and four-wheelers in the market. Other automakers are wooing customers by offering discounts on BS-IV standard vehicles.
Fuel supply to BS-6 vehicles from March 1
Even though BS-6 standard vehicles have come on the market, their fuel supply has not started at petrol pumps. Yogendra Singh, depot in-charge of Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited based in Banthara (Tilhar), said that the diesel-petrol conversion test for BS-6 standard vehicles has started in the depot and all petrol pumps in the district will be launched on March 1. Supply of fuel will be started from He informed that with the exhausting of old fuel stock at petrol pumps, new fuel can be stored in empty tanks.
The company has already stopped production of BS-IV vehicles. Up to one and a half lakh discounts are being given on cars to clear stock. Trains of BS-6 standard will be available by the end of the current month as some of their parts are coming from Corona affected countries. It is yet to take time to get fuel for these vehicles. – Charanjit Singh Dua, automobile businessman
The stock of two wheelers with BS-4 standard is not much left. Dillars is engaged in clearing old stock by giving discounts on vehicles. Vehicles of BS-6 standard have also come in the market. The BS-6 standard vehicles have no sound in the engine and the starting is easy. These vehicles will prove useful in terms of pollution. – Navneet Pathak, Automobile Business