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Anti-Nanar refinery project locals drum up political support

IANS  |  Mumbai 

Days after Indian companies signed an agreement with for setting up the world's largest refinery complex at Nanar in Maharashtra's Ratnagiri, locals on Saturday started drummed up support from different political parties in a bid to stop the project.

The Konkan Refinery Shetkari-Machhimar Sangharsh Samiti (KRSMSS) and the (RVSS) have met political leaders across the political spectrum to solicit support for the agitation against the project.

and have called on state Ashok Chavan, Nationalist Party Sharad Pawar, Navnirman Sena Raj Thackeray, besides meeting other leaders.

The anti-Nanar groups got a major boost two days ago when President and Swabhiman Party President - both constituents of the ruling NDA - openly attacked the project.

They also accused of "treachery" and "going back on his word" as the ruling kept mum on the issue.

Both Thackeray and Rane have made it clear that they would not permit the destructive project to come up under any circumstances, since the local people are against it.

On his part, Pawar has announced plans to visit Nanar on May 10, meet the villagers who will be affected, assess the ground realities and the implications of the proposed mega-project on the people and environment.

"The local people have given a very different picture than what the has claimed," Pawar told on Saturday.

Endorsing the villagers struggle, Chavan said: "Development should have a humane face. If the locals are opposing it, there is no question of implementing it."

The protestors also secured the support of who gave them a sympathetic ear and promised to intervene.

Meanwhile, political sources said Fadnavis has reported expressed apprehensions that if the project is opposed and not allowed to come up in Maharashtra, then it may be shifted to adjoining

On April 11, a consortium comprising three major Indian marketing companies - IOCL, BPCL and HPCL signed a MoU with Saudi Arabian Co, (Saudi Aramco), for setting up an integrated and petroleum products complex in the eco-sensitive

When completed, the Rs 3 trillion complex at Nanar will be the world's biggest single-location project with a capacity to process 60 million tonnes annually.



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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 18:50 IST