With April 1 being the deadline to switch over to cleaner BSVI-compliant auto fuels, select pumps in Chennai have begun to dispense the upgraded petrol and diesel with a target of complete conversion in Tamil Nadu by February.
The country will migrate to BSVI fuel standards from April 1 from the present BSIV. BSVI fuel will bring down sulphur content by five times from the current BSIV levels. It has 10 PPM of sulphur as against 50PPM now.
By reducing toxic substances in the air, it will help reduce air pollution, besides reducing NOx, high levels of which can cause respiratory problems. The lower sulphur will help reduce harmful exhaust emissions like NO2, CO and SO2.
Indian Oil has six fuel terminals in the state, one each in Tondiarpet, Korukkupet, Trichy, Madurai, Sankaridurg and Coimbatore.