Oil refinery: Pawar to decide NCP stand after visit to Ratnagiri

first_imgMumbai: A day after Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his party will not allow the proposed oil refinery to come up in Konkan’s Ratnagiri district, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar said on Friday he will visit the project site on May 10 to understand the reasons behind local residents’ opposition to it.The villagers affected by the project will also meet Maharashtra Navanirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray and Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan to seek support. Two days ago, State-owned IOCL, BPCL, and HPCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Aramco to develop and build an integrated refinery and petrochemical complex, Ratnagiri Refinery & Petrochemicals Ltd. The project, estimated to be worth ₹3 lakh crore, has been opposed by locals as a result of which, even joint measurement of the land has not been possible.Meanwhile, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis whilesupporting the project, said, recently, “It is important for the development … It is also important that it should be set up on the west coast.” The Sena chief had labelled the MoU as a ‘betrayal’ of the promises Mr. Fadnavis had made to the locals. In reply, the CM said, “We are aware that the locals are in opposition to the project. We will not proceed if they do not want the project.”Mr. Pawar, on the other hand, said, “I will not say whether the project should be cancelled or not. Farmers have met me and told me their problems. Being the former CM of the State I know what the ground reality is. I will visit the project site and only then announce the party’s stand.”last_img

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