Dramapur: People opposing IIT Goa are not from Pakistan or China and hence the cases filed against them must be immediately withdrawn, says Ports Minister Michal Lobo.
Lobo was in Dramapur, South Goa for a function wherein he told reporters that he has discussed with CM the various issues on Coal and IIT Goa.
“We have told the CM, we need to take up projects only which people want. We need IIT but we also need to take people into confidence,” he said.
Lobo said the lakhs of square meters of SEZ land is available why not have IIT there.
“We cannot give 10 lakh sq meters to one institution as Goa is a small State which has lot of forest, rivers, agricultural land etc. We need to go vertical,” he said.
On what is his stand on IIT and coal, he said he stands with Goemkars.
“Double tracking discussion is going on with CM and I am sure the decision will be in favour of people. CM has already assured he will reduce coal by 50 p.c, which has to be done. Coal is of no use to Goans. They are not even paying cess,” he said.
Coming back to IIT, he said, People need not be troubled, they have voted the legislatures and they have become ministers.
“Whatever is not in interest of people should not be done. Cases withdrawal decision is with the people. We need to understand protestors are not come from Pakistan and hence we need to take a sympathetic view,” he said.