MAKING AN appeal for the revival of the Nanar refinery project, MNS chief Raj Thackeray has written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that there is a “serious contest” among states to “snatch” projects away from Maharashtra.
“In such trying times, Maharashtra should not let go of the Ratnagiri Rajapur refinery project. This is a massive project of nearly Rs 3 lakh crore. We surely cannot afford to lose this project to another state,” the letter read.
This comes six months after the state government denotified 19,146 hectares of land reserved in Raigad district by the previous Devendra Fadnavis-led government, for the mega oil refinery project. Now, the government has proposed to set up an integrated pharmaceutical city in Raigad.
In the letter, the MNS chief said local residents’ resistance to the project based on plots going to outsiders, uncertainty over preference of locals for jobs, and destruction of natural habitat were justified. But, it was imperative that a definitive and appropriate solution for these issues was found, he added.
Saying while the MNS had supported the local residents back then, he added, “Times have changed and the situation demands a radical and progressive approach.