PANAJI: Opposition today grilled the Industries Minister Mauvin Godinho over alleged conversion of archaeological area converted to Investment Promotion Board (IPB).
Congress MLA Altone D’Costa raised the issue saying that 6.41 lakh sq mts land was converted through the IPB near Monte Chapal in Old Goa.
D’Costa also said that these consists of zones including archaeological area.
With this, Minister Mauvin Godinho said that he will inquire into the issue and take necessary review.
Godinho said that Goa-IPB has developed an evaluation framework consisting of various parameters under which each project is evaluated.
“The evaluation parameters allot a score based on findings. The project proponent applies on Goa online for In principle approval along with requesting for IPA,” he added.
The minister explaining further said that based on the parameters, the Board deliberates on the project and approves/rejects the project. Post approval the application is moved to DITC for initiate the process of IPA notification.
“Road Connectivity already exists. The supply of power, water and other utilities is under progress,” he said.
The Minister also said that Goa-IPB is in process of collecting data of number of Goans and Non-Goans employed in projects approved by Goa IPB.
“The number of Goans employed is 1511 people in various industries approved by Goa-IPB that have been set up in last five years. Further, Goa-IPB does not maintain detailed record of employees,” he said.