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Ratnagiri refinery: Centre does not value Maha CM's word, says

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

chief today hit out at Devendra over the mega-refinery at Nanar in district by claiming that the Centre did not value the CM's word.

Thackeray said that the Centre had given the go-ahead for the project despite promising that the refinery would not be "imposed" upon local residents if they were opposed to it.

"The had promised that this project will not be imposed upon people. However, that is what has happened. This is cheating. It indicates that the chief minister's word is not valued by the Centre," Thackeray said in a statement issued here today.

A release yesterday 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

The release had added that Saudi Aramco, the company of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, may also seek to include a strategic partner to co-invest in the project.

Thackeray, in his statement today, claimed that the Sena would not allow the project to take off "under any circumstance", adding that the project would destroy the natural splendour of the Konkan region.

It will finish off the region in the name of development and it would destroy mango orchards, bamboo plantations and huge tracts of forests, Thackeray claimed.

"I had explained all these points to the CM when I met him and he too had agreed. The CM should have said without fear that he will not sit quiet if injustice is meted out to his people," Thackeray said.

Meanwhile, former of the newly-formed Swabhimaan Paksh, Narayan Rane, also met to convey his opposition to the refinery project.

Rane, currently a member, hails from the Konkan region and has been elected to the several times from there.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 19:05 IST