Refinery Should be Moved to Gujarat, Says Uddhav; good projects should come to Maha from neighbouring state, Shiv Sena Chief Says
Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray has suggested that the proposed oil refinery in Barsu, located in the coastal Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, should be shifted to Gujarat. He recommended bringing good investments/projects from neighbouring states to Maharashtra. While interacting with villagers at Barsu, Thackeray stressed that the government should first initiate a dialogue with the locals before introducing any project. A segment of locals is opposing the refinery, citing concerns that it may have a detrimental effect on the fragile biodiversity of the coastal Konkan region and hinder their livelihood.
Thackeray stated that the Vedanta-Foxconn and Tata-Airbus investments were canceled. He added that the refinery project should be transferred to Gujarat, and Maharashtra should acquire high-value projects.
“A similar movement occurred when we were constructing Samruddhi Highway. Nevertheless, we initiated talks with protesters. We accomplished this without hindering development,” Thackeray declared.
Earlier, Thackeray planned to hold a rally in the Barsu-Solgaon area, but he was denied permission. Officials stated that supporters of the refinery project have organized a rally in the vicinity during the same time.
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