PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that an area of approx. 10 lakhs sq. Mts. is identified to be acquired/procured at an estimated cost of Rs.60 crores for proposed IIT project in Sanguem.
“The land acquisition process for the proposed IIT Project in Sanguem Taluka is under consideration. An area of approx. 10 lakhs sq. mts.is identified to be acquired/procured at an estimated cost of Rs.60 crores, for which necessary financial allocation shall be provided,” said CM in a reply to a questioned asked by LoP Yuri Alemao.
He further said that detailed project Report is not prepared by theState Government. However, the IIT Project will provide ample educational and employment opportunity to all aspirants.
Sawant that this is including Goan youth and it shall be ensured that sufficient safeguards area adopted to minimize any adverse impact on the environment and existing green cover.
“State Government has informed Ministry of Education, Government of India regarding one identified parcel of land for setting up of IIT-Project in Goa, at Rivona-Sanguem,” he added.
Over the past seven years, the Goa government has made several attempts to identify a sizeable parcel of land to set up the permanent campus for the IIT- Goa, which currently operates from a campus at Farmagudi that it shares with the State-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.