In a bigger development on the construction equipment front, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has proposed to defer the BS-VI emission norms on receiving requests and suggestions from the various equipment manufacturers. The compliance of this emission norm is expected to move to April 2021.
The ministry’s proposal includes equipment such as tractors, harvesters and construction equipment vehicles. The ministry is considering this as an attempt to offer relief to the agriculture and infrastructure sectors amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Construction equipment manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of vehicles used in agriculture had to adhere to Bharat Stage (BS) VI norms from October 1, 2020.
While, for all on-road vehicles like two and three wheelers and four wheelers and others, a transition from BS-IV to BS-VI was made mandatory from April 1, 2020, rules for off-road vehicles were not the same.
There has been a request from the agriculture ministry, construction equipment manufacturers, to provide some time to implement the BS-VI emission norms.
The transition to BS-VI was supposed to happen from October 1, 2020. However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the ministry is considering the deferment of BS-IV emission norms till March 31, 2021, and have invited suggestions from stakeholders, the official said.
The Covid-19 crisis and a nationwide lockdown to contain had brought economic activities to a grinding halt, putting several businesses under liquidity crunch. The proposal, if implemented, will defer higher expenses related to BS-VI norms for the manufacturers, dealers, while benefiting road builders, farmers, among others. The construction sector in India is considered to be the second-largest employer and contributor to economic activity.
Speaking on why postponing the compliance is significant, Puneet Vidyarthi, Brand Leader, CASE India, expressed, “COVID 19 has been an unprecedented occurrence and has affected businesses worldwide. It has impacted multiple aspects of a business such as manufacturing, supply chain, sales, etc. which have been affected since all the commercial activities came to a sudden halt. The markets are a little sluggish.”
CASE India’s finance arm, CNH Capital, has boosted its capital availability giving a big boon for customers who wish to make any purchases. Vidyarthi adds, “We’re hopeful the next quarter will be better and CASE will hit the ground running.”
Amid this, other challenges like rusting, loss of efficiency, maintenance etc will pose as bigger hurdles while activities resume,.
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