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Carambolim locals upbeat over industrial estate
September 24, 2012
Peoples’ aspirations of an industrial estate in Carambolim will be finally fulfilled with the govt initiating measures to expedite the process
Residents in and around Carambolim are upbeat over the State government’s decision to set up an industrial estate at Carambolim.
But they along with their local elected representatives are keen that the government only permits non-polluting industries at the proposed estate and more importantly, reserves 80% of the jobs to locals.
Confirming plans to set up an industrial estate at Carambolim, Industries Minister Mahadev Naik has also assured that work would be expedited to complete the 24th industrial estate in the State.
“Work to complete the industrial estate at Carambolim
village is going on at a fast pace and the government will allow only pollution-free industries, which can generate employment to Goans, as we want to do away with the problem of unemployment,” said Naik.
The industrial estate proposed by the Goa Industrial Development Corporation is being planned over an area of 2.82 lakh sq mtrs. Besides Carambolim, the State government also intends to set up industrial estates at Latembarcem (Bicholim) and Poinguinim (Canacona).
Welcoming the government’s decision to set up an industrial estate at Carambolim, local MLA Pandurang Madkaikar said the demand had been long overdue.
“People of Carambolim have been demanding an industrial estate for quite some time. Land was even identified for this project,” said Madkaikar.
However, Madkaikar has insisted that locals will only allow non-polluting industries at the estate and that too, on condition that 80% jobs are reserved to locals.
“Locals would prefer industries such as assembling units, electronic assembling part units which are subsidiary to the bigger industries, especially given the limited infrastructure like electricity and water in the area. At the same time, their priority is also to ensure an 80% job preference to locals,” said Madkaikar.
Voicing similar sentiments, Carambolim Sarpanch Wanisha Valladares is also pleased that the government has already initiated the process of setting up the industrial estate in Carambolim.
“Our main demand is to ensure that our locals from Carambolim are given first priority for jobs. We hope that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will honour our expectations,” said Valladares.