SC diesel ban : Parrikar criticised court order, says don’t understand court orders these days


New Delhi : Defence minister Manohar Parrikar criticised the judiciary on Monday claiming that some of its directives are “senseless” and “without any scientific basis”. Parrikar seemed critical of the Supreme Court court order against registration of diesel cars above 2000cc in Delhi until further notice, saying this had forced German auto giant Mercedes-Benz to stop investing in the country's automobile sector.

Parrikar said, "We understand that you can ban diesel vehicles which are polluting, but what is the point in banning a diesel vehicle which may not pollute or be less polluting than the petrol vehicle? I don't understand the kind of judgments that are coming out of the courts these days."

The minister was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a solid waste management facility in Saligao-Calangute plateau. Parrikar said garbage and sewerage treatment is a “major scam” area as even those built as part of the central schemes are left unaudited.“The garbage and sewerage treatment is a major scam area. 90% of the toilets built under central government schemes goes into disuse after three to four years,” Parrikar said. “Some people use these toilets to pile woodstock. Some people don’t even use it for the purpose it is built. But no one can audit it. How can one audit whether toilet is functional or not without using it?” he asked. Parrikar said garbage treatment has become a big business across the country.