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Nanar refinery project

Date: 02 April 2022 Tags: Infrastructure

Issue

The Nanar oil refinery project that was to be set up in Maharashtra’s Konkan region may be revived after Maharashtra government reconsidered its stance.

 

Background

The Nanar refinery was a dream project of previous state government but was stalled after opposition from current chief minister.

 

Details

  • The project was known as Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals limited and was to be built at Nanar village in Ratnagiri district in coastal Konkan region. 

  • Once completed, it would have been the biggest refinery in Asia. It was proposed as a joint venture between multiple companies.

  • Partners in the project included Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum, Bharat Petroleum and Saudi-owned Aramco along with United Arab Emirates’ National Oil Company.

 

Aim of the project

The project was said to bring development to the backward Konkan region through investment to the tune of Rs 3 lakh crore and generate employment for at least one lakh local residents.

 

Current status

  • The project was scrapped in 2019 when Shiv Sena put a condition that project had to be scraped if pre-poll alliance had to be forged.

  • The state government buckled under pressure and gave stay to the project. The industries department issued notification of scrapping.

 

Reasons for scrapping

  • The Konkan region is a stronghold of Shiv Sena. Many local leaders of the party had opposed the project tooth and nail.

  • There were protests organized by the people as they feared that the project would be hazardous to fishing and cultivation of paddy, mangoes and jack fruit.

  • Fearing adverse effects on its poll prospects, the Shiv Sena adopted a cautious approach and declared that it will act on people’s sentiments.

 

The current developments

  • Education minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that any idea of shifting project was not feasible and the ideal location was Nanar.

  • He also said that the state government is ready to change its position provided the scale of the project is reduced and people agree to the project.