Mr Fadnavis wants to go ahead despite opposition from Shiv Sena.
Mumbai: Industry minister Subhash Desai’s order related to the cancellation of the land acquisition proposal for the Nanar green refinery project at Rajapur in Ratnagiri district has been kept on hold by the state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. As this project is beneficial for the economy of the state, Mr Fadnavis wants to go ahead despite opposition from Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and locals.
Mr Desai had declared cancellation of land acquisition notification on April 23 in a public meeting at Rajapur, but Mr Fadnavis immediately denied it and told that he could not cancel it as powers were given to the high power committee under chief secretary. Mr Desai asked additional chief secretary of industries department Sunil Porwal to initiate process of issuing notification about cancelling land acquisition, after which Mr Porwal forwarded the proposal to Mr Fadnavis through chief secretary D.K. Jain, told senior officers.
Nanar project belongs to the Union government, but Mr Fadnavis has not communicated anything for changing the site to the Union government. Mr Fadnavis is firm about the project because he is of the view that this project will boost the state economy, as huge investment will be done which will help in employment generation.
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met Mr Fadnavis for cancellation of project and it has became a prestige issue between BJP and Sena. Residents in the vicinity of the project are also opposing. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very keen about this project. So Mr Fadnavis has asked senior officials of the industries department that they should not act as per directions of industries minister in this matter as their proposal of cancelling the land acquisition is put on hold,told senior officials.