Nanar project only after discussion: Chief Minister

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jul 2018 09:38:17


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Fadnavis said, fresh survey is being conducted through NEERI, IIT Powai and Gokhale Institute, to assess environmental and social impact of the project

The Western Coast Oil Refinery will be started at Nanar Rajapur in Ratnagiri district, only after discussion on the issue, and will not be imposed on local residents, promised Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. The refinery is sure to come in India, may be in Nanar or elsewhere. The location has been finalised after proper study of its impact on environment and fishery and agriculture in the region, Fadnavis stated in the Legislative Council on Tuesday while replying to a call attention motion.

The discussion initiated through a call attention motion by Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Ranpise, Bhai Jagtap and others, witnessed many twists and turns. Due to sensitive nature of the issue, Chief Minister had informed the House that he would reply to the call attention motion instead of the Industry Minister Subhash Desai.

As opposition to the refinery in Nanar, in Konkan region, by Shiv Sena is an open secret, Fadnavis volunteered to satisfy the possible queries of the members. Deputy Chairman Manikrao Thakre called the call attention motion, even when the CM, in writing had stated that he would reply to it. Industries Minister Desai was very much in the House when the motion was called for discussion.

Leader of Opposition in the House Dhnanjay Munde raised the issue of absence of CM, and claimed that the discussion has already began. The Opposition members made the opportunity to grill the treasury benches. When the call attention was announced by Thakre, Industry Minister Desai completed the formality of response saying that the reply is as printed.

Trying to catch BJP and Sena on wrong foot, the opposition started grilling them on Nanar project reminding Sena leaders about their commitment to scrap the refinery project. Even Shiv Sena members started raising the queries as CM was not present in the House and as a protocol Desai was unable to reply.

Opposition members were on the feet when revenue Minister and Leader of House Chandrakant Patil said that the discussion should be deferred. They objected to the demand as the discussion was already in progress.
Dutt quoted contradictory statements made by Desai and Fadnavis about the issue and alleged that both together are misleading the people of Konkan, who are against the project. Bhai Jagtap said that the proposed refinery is very close to Jaitapur Atomic Energy Plant, which may pose problems to both the projects.

Patil informed the House that Fadnavis is busy in proceedings in Legislative Assembly. Munde said, the members are not opposed to who should reply, but the issue cannot be deferred once the discussion on it has been initiated.

Finally, Fadnavis reached the upper house and reiterated his stance that the decision will be taken only after discussion and by convincing people who are opposing the refinery. He, however stated that the project is sure to come in the country. Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, besides Maharashtra are also in the race.
Fadnavis stated that fresh survey is being conducted through NEERI, IIT Powai and Gokhale Institute, to assess environmental and social impact.