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Won't allow refinery project to be thrust on locals: Shiv Sena

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Reiterating its opposition to the proposed Rs 1.45 in coastal Maharashtra, the today said the project won't be allowed to be "thrust" on the locals there.

"No memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the project has been signed yet. My stand is clear. The project will not be imposed on the locals in any circumstances," Industries Minister told reporters here.

"and will hold talks later today to sort out differences (between Sena and BJP) on the proposed project," the said.

Snubbing the Sena, Fadnavis has given the go-ahead for the mega refinery that is proposed to be set up at Nanar in district.

The is expected to sign a MoU with a consortium of state-owned refineries to set up the mega refinery, at the Magnetic Maharashtra global investors summit starting February 18.

The Industries Department, headed by Desai, has included the project in the list of MoUs to be signed at the summit, which would go a long way in meeting the state government's target of attracting Rs 10 lakh crore investment commitments in the three-day summit.

The project involves setting up one of the world's largest refinery complexes in over two phases.

The estimates that the construction of the refinery and allied industries would bring in investments to the tune of Rs 1.45 lakh crore and provide direct and indirect employment to lakhs of people.

The Sena has been rallying the villagers of Nanar and surrounding areas where the refinery is proposed to be set up. Thackeray had asked his party cadres to prevent the project at any cost on the grounds that it would destroy the of the Konkan region.

A local body called the Konkan Vinashkari Prakalp Virodhi Samiti (Committee for Opposing Destructive Projects in Konkan), which is spearheading the project, claims that residents of 16 villages have opposed the project.

The government has notified 16,000 acres of land in the area as an industrial area and land acquistion by the Maharashtra has already begun.

Former Sena Narayan Rane, who hails from Konkan and is now a part of NDA, is also opposing the project.

Asked if Thackeray would attend the summit, to be inaugurated by Narendra Modi, Desai said an invitation has been extended to the

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:25 IST