India’s 26 years old youth’s Adventurous Atal Yatra to Celebrate Silver Jubilee of the Golden Quadrilateral begins

Bhuvaneshwar, February 12, 2024: A 26-year-old YouTuber and an automotive journalist, Nishmanya Bahadur commenced on Monday ‘Atal Yatra’, an arduous solo-driving expedition along 6000 km of the Golden Quadrilateral of India that he will complete in just 15 days.

India’s 26 years old youth’s Adventurous Atal Yatra to Celebrate Silver Jubilee of the Golden Quadrilateral begins. Seen in the pic is Nishmanya Bahadur_the solo diriver

“Atal Yatra celebrates 25 years of the Golden Quadrilateral and pays tribute to the vision of Atal Behari Vajpayee, one of India’s most respected Prime Ministers,” said Nishmanya Bahadur at the launch in Mumbai. “I want to produce a series of videos on my YouTube channel “NBD” to showcase the international quality of road infrastructure created in India in recent years,” he said.

The Yatra kicked off from Mumbai’s iconic Nariman Point on Monday and will travel through Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai and ends on 26th February 2024 in Mumbai. It’s a 13-day drive through 13 states, with 2-day halts in Kolkata and Chennai averaging 500 km a day.

The highway-odyssey will pass through Ahmedabad (Gujarat) on 12th February; Ajmer (13th February), New Delhi (14th Feb); Kanpur via Yamuna expressway (15th Feb); Bodha Gaya (16th Feb); Kolkata(17thFeb); Bhubaneshwar (19th Feb); Vizag (20th Feb); Guntur (21st Feb); Chennai (22nd Feb); Bangalore (24th Feb); Belgavi (25th Feb) and end at Mumbai on 26th Feb.

Atal Yatra is supported by BPCL, HPCL and Tata Motors.

A road network like the Golden Quadrilateral is critical to a country’s economic development. It is the backbone of a country’s economic activities and is essential for unlocking a country’s full economic potential and ensuring equitable development across regions.

India’s 26 years old youth’s Adventurous Atal Yatra to Celebrate Silver Jubilee of the Golden Quadrilateral begins PIC 02

Golden Quadrilateral is a network of highways connecting India’s four top metropolitan cities, namely Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata launched in January 1999 by the then Prime Minister Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee. The year 2024 marks the Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the Golden Quadrilateral which is the world’s fifth-largest highway at 5,846 kilometres of length.

Nishmanya Bahadur is a young automobile journalist with a great passion for the sector with over 1000 articles under his name. His channel NBD is about 4 months old and has already acquired about 1500 subscribers and more than 50,000 views.

“Globally, automotive journalism and AVs are a huge segment of infotainment, but not as much in India. My vision is to be counted as one of the world-class YouTubers from India in the automotive sector,” says Nishmanya.

As to why he chose such an extensive and demanding drive on India’s highways as a challenge, Nishmanya quipped, “Automobiles certainly need good roads. Besides, making transport faster, more comfortable and more economical for passengers, drivers and movement of goods. Road infrastructure is the backbone of commerce and also of tourism. I want to tell the world that India has arrived on that stage,” he added.

Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India, Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Launches EPA-Grade Diesel

Mumbai/Goa, 9th February, 2024: Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a leading player in India’s energy sector, proudly announced a significant milestone.

Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India, Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, launched EPA-Grade Diesel at India Energy Week, in Goa, today, in presence of Shri. G Krishnakumar, C&MD, BPCL and senior officials from MOP&NG and BPCL.

BPCL x EPA-Grade Diesel

The introduction of EPA-Grade Diesel marks a pivotal moment for India’s energy landscape. Recognizing the burgeoning demand for high-quality diesel engines in the expansive US export market, BPCL’s Kochi Refinery has taken a proactive stance by developing this critical fuel domestically.

Traditionally, the procurement of EPA Grade reference fuel involved high costs and long lead times due to reliance on imports from Germany. However, BPCL’s Kochi Refinery has spearheaded a groundbreaking solution by leveraging India’s robust refining capabilities to produce EPA-Grade Diesel that meets stringent international specifications.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr G. Krishnakumar, Chairman & Managing Director, BPCL, said “Today marks a pivotal moment in our journey towards sustainable energy solutions. With the launch of indigenous EPA-Grade Diesel at our Kochi Refinery underscores our relentless commitment to innovation and self-reliance in powering the nation’s growth. At BPCL, we’re not simply meeting standards; we’re setting new benchmarks for excellence in the energy sector.”

This indigenous production not only eliminates the need for imports but also streamlines the engine development, calibration, and testing processes for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). By reducing time and costs associated with overseas procurement, BPCL’s initiative ensures timely fulfillment of export operations, thus curbing foreign exchange outflows and bolstering India’s economic resilience.

BPCL’s Aatma Nirbhar Initiative in EPA-Grade Diesel underscores the company’s commitment to innovation, sustainability, and excellence in the energy sector. As India continues its journey towards self-reliance, BPCL remains at the forefront, pioneering solutions that propel the nation towards a brighter, more prosperous future.