PORVORIM: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today said that state government is awaiting nod from Central government to go ahead with IIT project at Rivona.
Sawant was speaking to reporters after MoU signing of Directorate of Higher Education with IIT Goa, BITS Goa & GIM for Faculty Enrichment Internship Program(FEIP).
“The inspection of the land is done and now we are awaiting response from central government. Once they approve the land, we can say it is final,” said Sawant
He further said that nothing is left from the Goa government side and that once the central government approves it government will hand over land.
The Goa government had finalised the site to set up a permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Goa, which has been functioning out of a temporary campus since the last few years.
A plateau in Rivona village in South Goa has been finalised for the IIT Goa project, located around 80 kms from state capital Panaji.
The government had faced stiff opposition for the project twice earlier. In January 2021, the proposed IIT Goa campus project was shifted out of Shel-Melavali village in Sattari taluka of North Goa following protests by villagers.
After that, the government identified another site in Cortalim, but had to drop the idea due to the opposition by locals.