Goa CM Sawant meets villagers opposing IIT campus project – education
Goa’s chief minister, Pramod Sawant, visited a village in Sattari taluka on Thursday to meet with tribesmen who oppose an IIT-proposed campus in their area.
Sawant assured residents of Melualim village in North Goa district that the project would be carried out only after entrusting them.
“We will form a committee of 15 people who will discuss the project with me. All the issues raised by the locals about the project will be addressed, ”Sawant said.
Villagers, however, refused to withdraw their agitation, saying their only demand is that the state government change the campus project of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in their village.
Sawant told the villagers that the state government is ready to rehabilitate those who would be affected by the project and would also regularize property titles, which has been pending for a long time.
The prime minister said that villagers would benefit from the project.
“Under no circumstances will we force the project on the people,” he said.
Locals have opposed the project, under which it is proposed that the IIT campus be set up on 10 lakh square meters of land in the village of Melaulim.
During the interaction with the prime minister, the locals unanimously said that they are not interested in the project taking place in their village.