Mumbai, Jun 28 (PTI) Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today said he is ready to meet Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to discuss the planned mega-refinery in coastal Maharashtra. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh MPPEB Recruitment 2021: 4,000 Police Constable Posts Notified | Check Details

“I am ready to meet Uddhav Thackeray any time,” Pradhan said at a media interaction here, when his attention was drawn to Thackeray’s reported refusal to meet him over the proposed mega project in coastal Konkan region of the state. Also Read - Master Actor Vijay Sethupathi Apologises For Cutting Cake With Sword, Netizens Call Out For His Arrest

“The livelihood of local populace and farmers affected by land acquisition, and environmental impact are issues which could be resolved through talks,” the minister said. Also Read - Doctors at Delhi's RML Hospital Demand Covishield, Not Covaxin Shots Citing 'Lack of Complete Trial'

Pradhan’s comments came in the backdrop of reports that Thackeray had conveyed to Pradhan that a meeting between them was pointless, as a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Saudi Aramco and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to develop the refinery at Nanar in Ratnagiri has already been inked.

Sena leader and Industries Minister Subhash Desai had announced earlier that if the BJP-led state government went ahead with the project, he was prepared to resign.

Saudi Aramco and ADNOC signed an MoU in Delhi on Monday. The two companies will together hold 50 per cent stake in the project, while the remaining half will be split between state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL).

After the signing of the MoU, Pradhan, when asked about the BJP ally’s strong opposition, had said he would meet Thackeray and “clear” his doubts.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.