Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday informed that Goa will soon get its IIT Campus as the efforts are on to find suitable land for the varsity. Earlier, the state government identified land for the campus but the project was called off due to the protest by the locals.
Land for IIT Campus in Goa
The state government had earlier identified land for setting up the IIT campus at Shel-Melaulim village in Sattari taluka of North Goa district, but the project was then scrapped following violent protests by locals in 2021. Later, another piece of land was identified at Cotarli in Sanguem taluka of South Goa district but as it was insufficient, the project was dropped last year.
IIT Campus to be set up in South Goa
The issue was discussed during the recently held winter session of the Goa Assembly. Talking to reporters on Monday, Sawant said, "The IIT campus would be set up in South Goa. Search for the land is going on." The CM had earlier said in the state Assembly that some people were going around opposing the land acquisition for the IIT Goa campus.
He had refused to reveal the area where the land was being identified, fearing “unnecessary protest". During a discussion in the House on the issue, Congress MLA Altone D'Costa, who represents the Quepem Assembly segment in South Goa, had asked the state government to set up the IIT campus in his constituency. He had said land was available at Betul in Quepem constituency to set up the institute campus.
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