The proposed Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) camp in Curtorim will not only house the IRBn South Goa camp but it will also have a training facility for policemen and most importantly housing facilities.
Senior police officials said that the project is in the interest of the police personnel from South Goa, who are working in the Goa police department.
However, the villagers opposing the said proposed project have surprised the police department.
Currently there is no IRBn camp in South Goa. A senior police officer said that the idea for having such facility in South Goa was for the benefit of the IRBn policemen from South Goa. Apart from that, a training camp will be set up in the campus which will help all the policemen including the IRBn and the police personnel attached to the other police stations in south Goa. With training camp in South Goa, the police from South will not have to travel to the police training school at Valpoi, said a police officer.
The proposed project will also have housing facility for the police personnel from south Goa. A policeman said that the housing facility will be very much helpful for them as there is shortage of government accommodations in South Goa. Sensing a political issue behind opposition to the proposed IRB camp project, police officials say that they are also among the voters.
It may be recalled that on Sunday hundreds of Curtorim villagers had resolved to strongly oppose the state government’s proposed Indian Reserve Battalion (IRB) camp project in Curtorim. In this regard, a meet was organised by the village panchayat. Panchayat members of the neighbouring village panchayats of Macazana and Guirdolim had also extended their support to the opposition to the IRB camp project that is proposed to come up on the one lakh square-metre of leprosy hospital land that has been handed over to the police department.