Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar describes the diesel ban as baseless and illogical

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A recent order by the Kerala High Court stayed the decision on the ban of registration for new diesel vehicles with a displacement of 2000cc or more in the state. As the National Green Tribunal (NGT) is yet to decide on extending the ban on 11 more cities in the country, the Defence Minister of India, Manohar Parrikar has termed the ban as a senseless direction which does not have a scientific basis.

Speaking at an event in Goa, Parrikar said that he doesn’t understand the logic on the ban of diesel vehicles. Banning diesel vehicles that flouts the norms could be understood but what is the point in banning a diesel vehicle that might be less polluting than a petrol vehicle. The action implies senseless directions which do not have a scientific base. He further added that people who do not understand science have begun to interpret it and this, in turn, is the country’s misfortune.

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The reaction comes days after the Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, also opposed the decision on the ban of registration for new diesel vehicles with a displacement of  2000cc or more in the National Capital Region (NCR) since December 2015. Gadkari had earlier said that the ban is bound to create socioeconomic problems. He also added that such issues have to be discussed with the stakeholders before any such ban is implemented.

Also read: Petrol powered BMW 320i and 520i imported to India: Effects of diesel vehicles ban in Delhi?

Comments from the Ministers arrive even as automobile manufacturers such as Mercedes-Benz and Toyota are reconsidering their investment plans in the country. The German luxury automobile manufacturer has reportedly stopped its investment in the country as the company officials failed to understand the logic behind the ban.

Source: ET Auto

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  • Indian says:

    Completely agree. In India, we have tons of such Idiots like now in Green Tribunal or Kejri who have no logic but driven by dictatorial and senseless actions. Nothing is going to change except problems for general public and Industry by imposing such bans. If they really have to do something, go after OLD VEHICLES which are emitting real pollution footprints and not New vehicles whether diesel or petrol based. Government must act or else slowly we will have such stupid decisions implemented more widely by such brainless people. Ban ONLY old vehicle that too after checking their pollution levels, age and other factors. #Getridofstupidbans