Mumbai: CM Devendra Fadnavis, while reiterating his stand on the Nanar petrochemical project, assured the legislative council on Tuesday at Nagpur the state would not push for the project if the people are against it. He said an expert team had been appointed to study its environmental impact.
Fadnavis told the House, “The government has appointed a committee of experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) and Gokhale Institute. Until and unless the report of this committee is received and the project-affected people are convinced, the state will not push for the project.”
Surprisingly, Fadnavis would not allow industries minister Subhash Desai to speak on the project in the House. Desai has annouced denotification of the project and directed the Sindhudurg collector to denotify it and submit his report. However, the secretary of the industries department has put away the collector’s report.
Deputy chairman Manikrao Thakre called the motion and allowed the debate. Fadnavis was not in the House and hence the Bharatiya Janata Party members disrupted the proceedings, insisting no debate be allowed until the CM arrived in the House.
They would not allow Desai to reply on Nanar. On July 3, the eve of the monsoon session, Fadnavis did not allow Desai to speak during a press conference, saying it was his press conference and only he would speak. If journalists wanted to speak with Desai, then they would have to arrange a separate conference.