Panaji, Sep 4 : An independent MLA extending support to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Goa on Wednesday opposed relocation of proposed Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Goa campus to Guleli in North Goa and urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to consider three sites from his Sanguem constituency.
Addressing a press conference in the city, Prasad Gaonkar, Independent MLA from Saguem, claimed that the newly proposed site in North Goa was plagued with encroachment issues. "I do not know the reason why the government overnight decided to relocate the IIT Goa campus to Guleli in Sattari sub district. The newly identified campus is spread over 13 lakh sq. mts out of which around four lakh sq. mts is full of encroachments. So in effect the IIT will only get 9 lakh sq. mts land," he said.
Even after three years of announcement, IIT in Goa is functioning out of a temporary campus located at Goa Engineering College in Fermagudi in South Goa. On August 30, 2019, State Cabinet cleared a proposal for setting of campus for the premier institute in Guleli village. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) had give the state government time till August 31, 2019, to take a final decision of the proposed site and inform it.
Earlier, the government had identified two sites- one in Canacona and another in Sanguem constituency- for setting of permanent campus for IIT. But they had to be scrapped due to protest from locals.
Mr Gaonkar said he had spoken to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant about reversing the decision and re-allocating the land for the institute to Sanguem where it was planned earlier. He also said that he would write a formal letter to the Chief Minister in this regard. (UNI)