Vijayan to arbitrate case of Diu land

PANAJI: With Goa failing to utilise a land leased out to the state to set up an industrial estate in Diu, the thirty year old deal will ultimately be decided by an arbitrator, the state chief secretary, Mr B Vijayan.

Government land of 1,10,638.00 sq mts at Malala, in Bucharvado village in Diu was leased out to Goa by the then President of India by a Memorandum of Lease dated July 30, 1982 for thirty years. The land was leased to the then Goa, Daman and Diu Industrial Development Corporation and the lease period expired on July 29, 2012.

Subsequently, the Goa Industrial Development Corporation in a letter dated November 9, 2011 had requested an extension of the lease period. But this request was rejected by the Collector, Union Territory of Daman and Diu who directed the GIDC to hand over the possession of the land to the Diu mamlatdar. But in the clause 10 of the lease agreement, the Governor appointed the chief secretary as the sole arbitrator to resolve the dispute as regards the matter of extension of lease period.

The GIDC was established in February 1966 under the provisions of the then Goa, Daman and Diu Industrial Development Act, 1965 with one of the aims being to identify land for setting up of Industrial Estates.

The then Goa Daman and Diu Industrial Development Corporation GDDIDC now renamed as Goa IDC has so far established twenty two Industrial Estates in Goa, Daman and Diu, viz Corlim, Margao, Sancoale, Daman, Mapusa, Tivim, Bicholim, Kakoda, Honda, Bethora, Canacona, Kundaim, Diu, Tuem, Verna, Cuncolim, Pilerne, Marcaim, Pissurlem, Colvale, Shiroda and Sanguem, says its website - including Diu.

However, IDC has come under a cloud due to the way of allotting of plots and transfer of plots leading to a committee being formed to go through the procedures and suggest guidelines.

The present Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar when he was the Leader of Opposition, had filed a complaint alleging misappropriation, criminal branch of trust, forgery and manipulation of records against the then Speaker and present leader of opposition, and ex chief minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane, and ex chief minister, permanent invitee to CWC, Mr Luizinho Faleiro and GIDC chairman, Mr Chandrakant Kavlekar. The complaint had also named GIDC officials and board members as they are public servants and the property of GIDC was under their domain and they were holding it by virtue of their official position.

Mr Parrikar had then promised that in case no case was registered he could approach the courts under Section 151/3 and could either approach the High Court or the apex court to hand over the case to the CBI as this is a high profile case.