Says there is no bar on us to go ahead with the land acquisition for the proposed project
MARGAO: Stating that there is no bar on us to go ahead with the land acquisition for the proposed IIT project as of now, South Goa Collector Anjali Sehrawat said land has been cited for acquisition in Cotarli village of Sanguem and the meeting was called to check any encumbrances in the said land.
The Collector was addressing a meeting related to the land acquisition for the IIT project with the Sanguem Prasad Gaonkar, Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral and tenants/owners/occupants of the proposed land.
“The occupants who have clear title possession have been informed that notices will be issued soon and land acquisition will commence. As far as the ones who have litigation pending the land will be processed post disposal of their litigation. Hopefully we will get the consent and the process will be expedited soon," she added.
A total area of around 10.8 lakh sq mts has been cited and planned to be acquired by the District Land Acquisition Authority for the proposed IIT project. Paddy fields admeasuring over 9 lakh sq mts are inclusive of the land.
"We are trying to help the tenants who are legally in possession of the land. There are third generation tenants on some land. All tenants and owners too are in agreement. Only when the documents of their ownership are produced we will understand the scenario. 75 percent of the people part of the agreement," said Curchorem MLA Nilesh Cabral.
During the meeting, the Collector began checking the papers pertaining to the land and will hold another meeting on the November 21. "95 per cent of the tenants have given their go ahead and have requested that the right of compensation be given for the land lost but nothing has been finalised," said Sanguem MLA Prasad Gaonkar.
Raising opposition to the IIT project, a tenant said it can’t come up at the cost of agriculture land.
It may be recalled that the IIT was planned in Loliem, Canacona on Bhagwati Plateau. However, due to a hue and cry the same was kept on hold. Following the cancellation of the previous land, several MLAs welcomed the said project including Cabral.