Raj Thackeray affirms his support for the Konkan Mega-Refinery Project

by Web Desk | Published: 04 Dec 2022

BMC Elections 2022
Raj Thackeray, the leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, reaffirmed his support for the construction of a massive refinery in the Konkan region on Sunday.
When the Maha Vikas Aghadi government took office in March 2021, Mr. Thackeray, who had previously opposed the project but later changed his mind, pushed for the development of the mega refinery. He said today, "I believed that the mega refinery project should not come up in the Konkan region. However, moving such a project outside of Maharashtra would not be in the best interest of the state or the Konkan at this time.
Mr. Thackeray made his statement after the Shinde Fadnavis administration recently announced that the massive refinery project would be built in the Ratnagiri district's Barsu hamlet. The Shiv Sena Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray then had a split when Mr. Vinayak Raut, the party's MP for the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency, spoke out against the project's construction while Mr. Rajan Salvi, a party legislator for the Rajapur assembly, spoke out firmly in favour of it.
The Konkan region's residents have learned that after the announcement of the huge refinery project that took their lands for a throwaway price, according to Mr. Thackeray, who is currently on his visit there. However, when the land deals were made, the locals paid no attention to who the people who were purchasing their properties or their motivations. What use is it to discuss that matter now that the lands have been acquired? He advised the locals to think twice in the future about selling their lands.
The administration of Shinde Fadnavis has benefited greatly from Mr. Thackeray's support for the huge refinery project, which will be expertly used to highlight growing divisions within the Shiv Sena UBT. After he met with the elected officials on November 22, the industry minister, Mr. Uday Samant, stated that of the 6,200 acres of property, 2,900 acres had a letter of agreement from the landowners. Increased compensation is being sought for land purchase. In order to build the giant refinery there, the government won't put any pressure on the locals. By installing the pipeline, the water for the projected refinery will be sourced from the Koyana River rather than the Arjuna River, he continued.
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