MUMBAI: A day after Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis alleged that the petrochemical refinery project at Nanar in Konkan region was brought to Maharashtra on the insistence of the Shiv Sena, two of the party’s MPs on Wednesday slammed him for naming them.
Rubbishing Fadnavis’ statement, while MP (Ratnagiri) Vinayak Raut threatened to slap a breach of privilege notice on him, MP (Raigad) and Union Minister for Heavy Industries Anant Geete said Shiv Sena will oppose the `3 lakh crore project tooth and nail.
“Fadnavis will have to prove if and when the meeting was held for the project and when, in Parliament, I had asked the project to be set up in Konkan. I had never met Prime Minister Narendra Modi or petroleum minister and requested them to bring the project to Konkan.
Chief Minister should furnish any documentary evidence he has, else I will bring a breach of privilege motion in the parliament,” Raut said.
“We are opposed to the project because local people are opposing it. The project would require acquisition of 15,000 acres of land and would affect inhabitants of 14 villages. The people will have to be displaced. This is not acceptable to Shiv Sena,” said Gite.
Interacting with the media at Nagpur on Tuesday, Fadnavis had said, “Geete wanted the refinery to come up in Raigad, while Raut wanted it to be set up in Ratnagiri. The oil companies found the location in Ratnagiri district more suitable. The project will generate direct employment for one lakh locals and change the fortunes of the region.”
“Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
Chandrababu Naidu was keen to take the project to his state. But, when Shiv Sena MPs from Konkan showed interest and insisted that it be brought to their respective constituencies that option was considered. It would have been unfortunate for Maharashtra if the project was taken away by any other state,” he had added.