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Smog-bound New Delhi getting low-emissions fuel early

India's capital set for world-class standards in 2018, two years before other areas

A street cleaner works in heavy smog in Delhi, India on Nov.10, 2017.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- India will bring lower-emissions auto fuels to New Delhi two years ahead of schedule as the capital region's air pollution steadily worsens.

Gasoline and diesel fuel across the country currently conform to vehicle emissions standards known as Bharat Stage 4. Fuels meeting tougher BS-6 standards -- the government is skipping over BS-5 entirely -- were slated for nationwide introduction in April 2020. BS-6 is equivalent to the latest set of European emissions restrictions and held to be the global standard.

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