The Nanar village in Ratnagiri district, which is 400 km south of Mumbai, was the proposed site for $44 billion Saudi Aramco refinery. Ratnagiri is prominent for its production of alphonso mangoes, cashew plantations and fishing hamlets and boast bountiful catches for sea food. Due to this, a large number of farmers refused to surrender the land and protested for the same.
14 villages and 850 families were likely to be affected due to this project. The Ratnagiri belt is ecologically sensitive and Konkan is the home to one of the largest flora and fauna. The committee has identified pockets of land MIDC has acquired and developed in Roha and Mangaon tehsils in Raigad district. The proposed refinery would be India’s largest project upon its completion.
Source : firstpost.com