PANAJI: Goa government has finalised on yet another land parcel admeasuring 10.51 lakh sq mtr, this time at Rivona for setting up of the permanent campus of Indian Institute of Technology(IIT), Goa.
South Goa Collectorate has released a public notice including the survey numbers of land parcels located in the Rivona Village of Sanguem Taluka that are required or are likely to be required for the construction of the IIT campus.
The land is being taken into consideration under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act of 2013’s direct procurement of land for the establishment of public purposes on a priority basis.
The survey numbers specified in the notice are as follows – Survey numbers 168/1 (6.27 lakh sq mtr) , 169/1(part) (3.79 lakh sq mtr), 169/2 (11,315 sq mtr), 169/3 (33,100 sq mtr) of Rivona Village, Sanguem.
The land is together admeasuring 10,51,618 sq mtr. Goa govt’s earlier attempts to set up the prestigious institute of higher learning at Canacona, Sattari and Sanguem have received setback due to stiff opposition from locals.
Speaking about the significance of bringing the IIT to the Sanguem, Minister Subhash Phal Dessai expressed his belief that its installation will greatly advance the growth of the constituency.
He stated that the final location for the IIT project will soon be decided after detailed documentation had been completed at two probable sites within Sanguem. Within the next three months, construction activity is anticipated to begin.
The Goa government has made many attempts over the past seven years to find a sizable piece of land to put up the IIT-Goa’s permanent campus. At the moment, the institute works from a campus in Farmagudi that it shares with the government-run Goa Engineering College.
However, every attempt was met with stiff opposition from villagers, who stood to lose their agricultural, pastoral or forest land, and fought tooth and nail to retain their lands.