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Maha Assembly adjourned for 3rd day over Nanar refinery issue

Press Trust of India  |  Nagpur 

Despite Minister Devendra Fadnavis' assurance in the that the Nanar project won't be forced on people, opposition Congress-and ally stalled the proceedings of the House on the issue for the third consecutive day.

The House witnessed three adjournments- twice for 15 minutes and once for ten minutes- before it was adjourned for the day as members of the opposition and trooped into the well of the House shouting slogans seeking withdrawal of the land acquisition notification and scrapping of the project.

After the Question Hour, told the House that the was in the country's interest and the will take everyone on board before going ahead with the project at Nanar in district.

Making a statement in the on the issue which rocked the legislature proceedings for the last two days, said, "The is important for our own and export, for which we have signed MoUs with the countries."

"Gujarat, and were eyeing the project. But Andhra was ruled out since the route was not proper. was given priority. The total investment is worth Rs 3 lakh crore," he said.

He added that Gujarat's economy has got a boost due to the "There is no adverse impact on horticulture and environment," said.

The is a green refinery with fourth It will have the highest emission standards. A green belt will be developed around he project, he added.

He told the House that the refinery is being modelled on the lines of the one in

Fadnavis said 32(1) notification for land acquisition was issued but along with consent for land acquisition, there was opposition to it as well.

"announced withdrawal of the notification and the file has come to me. I haven't taken any decision on it. Wherever there is opposition, we are holding talks to resolve the concerns. The project will not be forced on the people," he said.

Fadnavis said the environment and social impact analysis would be carried out by Engineering Research Institute(NEERI) and

"Talks are on to resolve differences," he said.

However, the opposition parties and the were not satisfied with the reply.

of OppositionRadhakrishna Vikhe Patil demanded that Fadnavis announces scrapping of the project.

Senior and former minister said Fadnavis should explain to the people how the project was in the interest of the state.

"hires Pakistani engineers. Shall we allow Pakistani nationals into the country. and have been shifted from to Why is the refinery brought here?" he asked.

MLA Jayant Patil sought Fadnavis's reply on whether the project will stay in or not.

"It is not possible to reply in yes or no. We will resolve the differences through talks," he said.

"Shiv Sena opposed the Mumbai-corridor, but after we explained the importance of the project, they are supporting it. We will arrive at a consensus, address all concerns and then only move forward, "he said.

Shiv Sena's said his party's opposition to the project will continue, and demanded that the project be scrapped.

He said a nuclear power project as well as a refinery project in Konkan is bad for the region's horticulture and fishing industry.

Fadnavis said he had not given a presentation on the project to Sena "I thought showing the presentation to would be enough," he said when asked by Patil if he had shown the presentation to Thackeray.

The Sena members rushed to the Well demanding that the announces scrapping of the project. They were joined by the and members.

Thereafter, the House was adjourned for 15 minutes by

Later, after the introduction of bills, the House was again adjourned for 15 minutes by presiding Sudhakar Deshmukh.

After the business resumed later, Jayant Patil said the government was in a minority on the Nanar refinery issue and should not make the issue a matter of prestige. He demanded that the project be scrapped.

Prabhu said the 32 (1) notification regarding the withdrawal of the land acquisition notification was approved by the chief minister.

Thereafter, House was adjourned for the third time for ten minutes.

After the proceedings resumed, the Gram Panchayats Amendment Bill was introduced for the passage amid din.

Jayant Patil said there was a contradiction in the Sena's stand as its members were opposing the government, but was moving the bill. The bill was approved by a voice vote and the House was adjourned for the day.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 13:55 IST