NAGPUR: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis while reacting to Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray’s remark on Nanar refinery, sarcastically said, state has to shift its sea in Vidarbha to fulfil Uddhav’s demand. Uddhav Thackeray had earlier last week said that the refinery must shift to Vidarbha region and he will not allow it to set up at Nanar in Konkan.
Fadnavis’ statement clearly indicates State government is firm on its stand to set up the project in Konkan and for him, Sena has no value against the project. Fadnavis was in his home-town in Nagpur and he distributed ownership rights documents to slum dwellers from East Nagpur region.
Nitin Gadkari, union minister for road transport was present at the function. In a reply to a question about refinery project during interaction with local media, Fadnavis said, “Proposed refinery project at Nanar need sea near the project. It is not inland project and hence it is highly impossible to shift it in Vidarbha.”
Fadnavis strongly said, “This is the project of Central government. The oil will be carried through underground pipelines under sea. There is no financial provision to lay pipelines on ground and stretch it up to Vidarbha and hence, it will be set up in Konkan region only.” He further said, the monsoon session will be held in Nagpur to give justice to the backward region. “The final decision will be taken very soon. But next session will be in Nagpur only,” he said. There are tussle between Fadnavis and Subhash Desai, minister for industries as well as between Fadnavis and Thackeray since, both had announced de-notifing of land acquisition notification published on May 18, 2017 without taking Fadnavis in confidence. Chief minister however immediately reacted on announcement of Desai and had said the minister has no power to de-notify the previous notification.