Will not force the Nanar project on Konkan people: CM

Nagpur: Maharashtra chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday assured the people of konkan region that the Nanar’s proposed oil refining project will not be imposed on them with their consultation even if its environmental friendly.

Fadnavis said that we are ready to discuss everything related to this project, and not only IIT Mumbai and other such organizations have been given the responsibility of studying the impact of the project. We will proceed with the project only after discussion with the locals, he added.

CM mentioned that the same protest was faces during the Samrudhi highway project but the formal discussions have solved the issue and 93% of the land was successful acquired by the consensus of the people.

Fadnavis on Monday denied state Industries Minister Subhash Desai’s announcement that his ministry has cancelled the notification on acquiring land for the proposed oil refinery in Nanar in Ratnagiri district.

However, the chief minister later said that only a high-power committee under the Maharashtra chief secretary could decide to cancel the notification, not the industries minister. Their conflicting statements raise questions about the future of the project, which the Sena has been against because of local opposition to it.

The proposed refinery will be a joint venture between a consortium of three Indian firms – Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum – and Saudi Aramco. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on April 13. The refinery is expected to create one lakh jobs and bring in investment of up to Rs 1 lakh crore, as per reports.