Nitin Gadkari will meet heads of over 30 top carmakers regarding the government announcement of moving directly from BS IV emission norms to BS VI norms.
As a major step to reduce vehicular pollution, the minister would urge automakers to manufacture BS VI compliant vehicles and persuade them to develop homegrown technologies to build environment-friendly car engines under the 'Make in India' initiative.
Gadkari has already made it clear to the manufacturers that they must follow the same standards in India that they do elsewhere around the globe.
"I do not agree with SIAM. When the same car manufacturers can build cars following the same norms across the globe, then why can't they build it here? The government is not reconsidering its decision," said Gadkari earlier this week.
The government had earlier announced its decision to advance the date by four years to April 1, 2020, to implement Bharat Stage VI, which is equivalent to Euro VI norms which is followed globally.
"The meeting reflects the commitment of the ministry as well the Industry towards the Road Safety for which India has committed to reduce fatalities by 50 percent in the next five years," the ministry said.
The meeting is being held as a part of 'Road Safety Week launched by the Ministry. India accounts for almost 5 lakh reported road accidents per annum, in which 1.5 lakh people die and another 3 lakh are crippled.