PUNE: Maharashtra Industries’ Minister Subhash Desai on Wednesday said the orders of land acquisition for Nanar Refinery Project of Ratnagiri will soon be cancelled. He was addressing a press conference at VVIP Circuit House on Wednesday.
Speaking about the project Desai said people from 14 villages of Ratnagiri would have been affected by the project. “The Centre’s 2013 land acquisition law mandates that the land cannot be acquired for a project if there is opposition from local people. Ten gram panchayats in the vicinity of the proposed project site at Nanar are reported to be opposing the land acquisition process. If the locals do not want the development, we will not force it on to them,” added Desai.
The locals feared that the multi-crore project will not only displace them but also affect the cultivation of mango and cashew, causing irreparable damage to palm trees and kill marine life.
About the process of acquiring land from investors who have failed to start their project in MIDC area, Desai said they have taken back land from more than 2,000 investors. “The land will be allocated fresh to new investors,” added Desai.
The minister announced that several job fairs will be organised by the government after tie-ups with several companies to increase the employment rate in the state. He said he was unaware of the current unemployment rate in the state.
Desai said Foxconn had asked for 500 hectares of land which was reserved in Talegaon and Khopoli for the company. “However, the company showed no interest in last two years and so the land will be given to other investors. The communication between the state and the company has been at a standstill,” added Desai.
The job fair will be organised at Urali Devachi on Saturday at 10 am. Desai said about 10,000 job seekers are expected to reach the fair.