Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Monday assured the villagers of Melauli in Sattari taluka that the government will endeavour to resolve their issues pertaining to the proposed IIT project in the village.
At the same time, the Chief Minister also asserted that the proposed IIT project at Melauli in Guleli village panchayat area is a national pride and that it will come up at the same place. He appealed to the villagers to cooperate with the government in this regard.
In an attempt to pacify those opposing the proposed IIT campus in Melauli, Sawant held a direct interaction with the villagers in Panaji to understand their issues. Health Minister and Valpoi MLA Vishawajit Rane, North Goa Collector R Menaka and director of IIT Goa B K Mishra were also present on the occasion.
During the meeting, the government held a presentation on the proposed project in the village wherein it was stated that the IIT Goa will function as the ‘anchor’ of the local economy and society. The government also said it is guaranteed that there will be a steady infusion of capital for the project with an investment of Rs 1,500 crore in the first phase.
It stated that the IIT campus will be developed for a population of 10,450 which would include 5,000 students, 500 faculty members, 550 regular staff, 500 research staff (under project mode), 300 housekeeping staff (through outsourcing agency, mainly local people), 1,500 family members of faculty members, 1,500 family members of staff members, 250 family members of research staff and 100 others.
The presentation also mentioned that the IIT campus would be built in an eco-sensitive manner which will serve as a model for others. On job creation, the government said the project will lead to direct and indirect employment to locals and include opportunities in transportation, housekeeping, catering, security, hospitality, spare parts and stationery. The government also mentioned about the possibility of a significant appreciation in the value of local properties. Besides, the IIT Goa will be developed as an ‘Enterprise Institute’ with strong research cum solution-based focus on solving local problems in cooperation with the local community, said the government.
The Chief Minister specifically mentioned during the interaction that no claims of villagers would go unheard if people are in a position to produce legal documents towards the government land allocated for the IIT project in the village. He appealed to the villagers to put forth their claims with valid documents before mamlatdar and Collector’s office to get them redressed in the prescribed government procedure. “Once you have filed your claims for the land, I will ensure that they will be fast-tracked and disposed of within one year,” he assured.
The Chief Minister suggested to the villagers to form their own committee of four members to deliberate with the government on the issues of locals and their land that they have been cultivating. “If the villagers produce legal documents of land they have in their possession, the government will compensate them with alternative land in nearby areas,” he said.