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MoU signed two days ago not about Nanar refinery: Fadnavis

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

today said that the Memorandum of Understanding signed two days ago was for the West Coast and not the one supposed to be set up at Nanar in

The Nanar mega-refinery has been opposed by the Shiv Sena with its chief stating yesterday that his party would not allow it to be set up "under any circumstance".

Thackeray had further attacked by saying that the Centre had given the go-ahead for the project despite the latter having promised that the refinery would not be "imposed" on local residents, many of whom have been opposing it.

Speaking to newspersons at the site of the Ambedkar Memorial at compound, today said that the refinery at Nanar would come after taking local residents into confidence, adding that he would be speaking to project affected persons (PAPs) there.

Referring to Thackeray's statement on the MoU two days ago, Fadnavis clarified that it was signed in connection with the West Coast

"That MoU has no connection with the Nanar project," said Fadnavis.

A release on Wednesday had stated that a consortium comprising Indian Oil Corporation, and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, along with Saudi Aramco, had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop the Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (RRPCL), an integrated refinery and petrochemicals complex, in

Fadnavis said the contention of local residents, that the would cause environmental pollution, was not true.

"It will provide direct and indirect employment to over one lakh people," Fadnavis said.

His statement came after PAPs led by met here today to voice their displeasure over the project.

Samant, of the Konkan Refinery Shetkari Machchimar Sangharsh Samiti, said that Pawar asked for one month's time to study the issue.

Pawar will be visiting PAPs in Nanar on May 10.

Earlier from Rajapur, Ajit Ankushrao, met Pawar to apprise the of the opposition of local residents to the refinery.

Yesterday, Thackeray had alleged that Fadnavis had betrayed him.

"Finally, the also turned out to be one with a weak spine. Despite promising that the project will not be imposed, it has been. Under any circumstance, the shall not allow the project to happen," Thackeray had said.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 21:35 IST