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Maha stays land acquisition for Nanar refinery after talks with Sena, CM

The Sena, rooted firmly in the Konkan region, has been opposing the project

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

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The government has stayed the land acquisition process for the controversial project after consulting the Shiv Sena, Chief Minister told the Legislative Assembly Wednesday.

The Sena, a ruling ally of the (BJP)-led state government, has been opposing the project on the grounds that it is against the interest of the farmers and would destroy ecology in Ratnagiri district in the coastal Konkan region.

"The government has not issued any new notice for land acquisition. After talks with Sena Uddhav Thackeray, the entire process has been stayed," he said.

The issue came up after of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patiltold the House thatjournalist Alok Deshpande of English daily was manhandled by police at Azad Maidan in south Tuesday night while covering a protest against the upcoming project.

To this, Fadnavis said he would seek information about the incident and take appropriate action.

Meanwhile, fourpersons, including two women seated in the visitors gallery of the House,were detained by the Vidhan Bhavan security for raising slogans demanding scrapping of the refinery project.

Three Indian oil majors had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on April 11 this year with Saudi Aramco, the state-owned oil company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to develop a refinery and petrochemicals complex in the coastal district.

The Sena, rooted firmly in the Konkan region, has been opposing the project.

In April this year, senior Sena and Industries Minister Subhash Desai had announced in Ratnagiri that a government notification for acquiring land for the project in Nanar stood cancelled.

Desai's statement was negated by the chief minister who said that the order had not been cancelled.

First Published: Wed, November 28 2018. 13:55 IST