Fadnavis has decided to go ahead with the project, while keeping opponents busy in dialogue.
Mumbai: Despite chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’ efforts to initiate talks with the Shiv Sena on the Nanar green refinery project, the Sena is neither responding, nor joining the committee appointed for negotiations on the contentious project. Meanwhile, Mr Fadnavis has decided to go ahead with the project, while keeping opponents busy in dialogue. Hence, he has not granted a stay on the land acquisition notification, claimed sources.
After his meeting with Union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the CM declared the constitution of a committee for negotiations with opponents of the project. It includes representatives of the BJP, the Sena, residents of 16 villages in the project’s vicinity and officials of the Ratnagiri Petrochemicals and Refinery Ltd.
But the Sena has decided not to participate as Mr Thackeray and industries minister Subhash Desai had already declared the project would be cancelled. Mr Fadnavis is aware the Sena will not withdraw support to his government on this issue and may not take any aggressive step against him.